Netflix’s Narnia Reboot: What We Know

Netflix’s Narnia Reboot

Updated: September 4, 2020

Netflix is developing new live-action adaptations of The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. This page will be updated regularly with the latest information.

Read the official announcement

Series and Movies

Producer Mark Gordon said this collaboration has “the capacity to translate the Narnia universe into both stellar feature-length and episodic programming.”

What does that mean exactly? Listen to our discussion about this on Talking Beasts: The Narnia Podcast.

Creative Architect

Matthew Aldrich, co-writer of Pixar’s Coco, has been named the Creative Architect. He will “oversee the development and creative live-action adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ beloved The Chronicles of Narnia series” and will “work across both series and film […] on all projects under the deal.”

Is Aldrich a good choice to helm Netflix’s Narnia? Here is what we think.

Studios

  • Netflix
  • Entertainment One (eOne)
  • The C.S. Lewis Company

This is the first time the rights to all seven Narnia books have been held by the same company. According to The Sunday Times, Netflix paid nearly $250m for the rights.

Producers

  • Mark Gordon
  • Douglas Gresham (stepson of C. S. Lewis)
  • Vincent Sieber

(Executive producers for series, producers for features)

Narnia “Universe”?

The original press release included the word “universe” 3 times, which caused some fans to speculate that we would see original content that expanded on the canon of C. S. Lewis. But, that is merely speculation at this point.

In April 2019, Producer Mark Gordon said, “The pitch [to Netflix] was that we would be selling not just one movie or one book as a series. There were 3,000 characters in Narnia. So there was this very ripe opportunity.”

Reboot?

Will Netflix start over and do their version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? Will they pick up where the Walden Media movies left off and do The Silver Chair? Or perhaps another book? This has not been officially addressed, but here is what we think:

What happened to The Silver Chair movie?

Beginning in 2013, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair was in development with Director Joe Johnston and Screenwriter David Magee. But the project was abandoned partially due to creative differences.

As of December 2018, David Magee is not involved with the Netflix productions.

Release Date

To be announced.

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