Greta Gerwig “Terrified” of Directing a Narnia Movie

Greta Gerwig is finally openly discussing her plans to write and direct two Chronicles of Narnia movies for Netflix. When asked about it on the the Inside Total Film podcast (13:38), she said:

I haven’t even really started wrapping my arms around it. But I’m properly scared of it, which feels like a good place to start. I think when I’m scared, it’s always a good sign. Maybe when I stop being scared, it’ll be like, ‘Okay. Maybe I shouldn’t do that one.’ But yeah I’m terrified of it. It’s extraordinary and it’s exciting. I hope to make all different kinds of movies in the course of the time I get to make movies, which – it’s a long time, but it’s also limited. I want to do big things and small things and everywhere in between, and having another big canvas is exciting and also daunting.”

When the interviewer suggested Gerwig could do a James Bond film, she sounded overwhelmed and replied:

We’re just going to stick with some lions, some dolls* for now.

* Gerwig’s next movie, Barbie, opens this weekend.

Thanks to PrinceRillianIX for the alert.

8 Responses

  1. Col Klink says:

    It’s nice to hear her say something specific about the project.

    OK, it’s not that specific but it’s more specific than what we got before.

    Not that I blame her for not wanting to say more. From the video Narniaweb shared recently, it sounds like she’s wiped out from finishing a big movie and she also has stuff going on in her personal life. If I were her, I’d also want to take a little break from focusing on writing and directing.

  2. Impending Doom says:

    It’s a good perspective to have going into an adaptation of such a beloved series!

  3. Glumpuddle says:

    “If there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”

  4. EJH says:

    Hopefully this is the kind of terrified feeling that Prince Caspian had when he told Aslan that he didn’t know if he was ready to be king, even though he really was.

  5. Isaias Herrero says:

    I don’t know I’m not sure I really trust her as a director for Narnia, especially if she’s removing the medieval christianity aspect of it. Which I think she might remove unfortunately, so if that’s the case I really am praying we get a new director that actually cares about all aspects of the story regardless of their opinion on it.

  6. Prince Norin says:

    Sounds like she has a healthy respect for the work. After reading this and some other interviews with her about other projects, I’m more optimistic about her than I was initially before I knew anything about her.

  7. Anna says:

    I think she’s going to really surprise some fans with Narnia – in the best way!

  8. Anna says:

    “‘Good,’ said Aslan. ‘If you had felt yourself sufficient, it would have been proof that you were not.”