Before Harry Potter, there was The Chronicles of Narnia – another beloved, magical book series by author C.S. Lewis. A few indie films were made in the 80s, then Disney came along and bought the rights and made two well received films before selling the rights to Fox/Walden Media, which then made a third.
Netflix has acquired the rights and announced it will develop new series and film projects with with Mark Gordon of Entertainment One and Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber serving as executive producers for series and as producers for the films.
Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis, said in a statement released by Netflix, “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.”
“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.”
Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix said, “C.S. Lewis’ beloved Chronicles of Narnia stories have resonated with generations of readers around the world. 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.”