Netflix To Develop A Series Of Films And TV Projects Based On C.S. Lewis’ ‘Chronicles Of Narnia’

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Netflix doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Not only is the streaming service in the middle of production on the fantasy series “The Witcher,” and is developing a live-action remake of “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” Netflix has emptied their bank account once again for another massive intellectual property — C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

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That’s right, the massive series of novels, that was recently turned into a trilogy of blockbuster films is coming to your living room (or phone, tablet, computer, etc…) in a new series of films and TV projects. The details are scarce, but Netflix announced that the company has reached a multi-year deal with The C.S. Lewis Company for the rights to all seven novels in the ‘Narnia’ series. They plan on launching a series of feature-length and episodic projects to tell the story of the novels, as well as expand on the world the Lewis created.

“C.S. Lewis’ beloved ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ stories have resonated with generations of readers around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “Families have fallen in love with characters like Aslan and the entire world of ‘Narnia,’ and we’re thrilled to be their home for years to come.”

“It is wonderful to know that folks from all over are looking forward to seeing more of ‘Narnia,’ and that the advances in production and distribution technology have made it possible for us to make Narnian adventures come to life all over the world,” said Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis. “Netflix seems to be the very best medium with which to achieve this aim, and I am looking forward to working with them towards this goal.”

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“’Narnia’ is one of those rare properties that spans multiple generations and geographies,” said Mark Gordon, eOne’s President and Chief Content Officer, Film & Television. “eOne and I are excited to be collaborating with The C.S. Lewis Company and Netflix who have the capacity to translate the ‘Narnia’ universe into both stellar feature-length and episodic programming. We cannot wait to get started on the multiple productions we hope to undertake.”

There’s no word yet on which project will happen first, whether it be a film or TV series, but you can bet that Netflix is going to move ahead quickly, as ‘Narnia’ is one of the biggest fantasy book series of all time, selling more than 100 million copies worldwide.

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