Filming for two adaptations of C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” will take place in 2024 and be released on the streaming platform Netflix.
As reported by Relevant, the adaptation of the beloved children’s series will be directed by actress Greta Gerwig. Gerwig has directed several films, including Lady Bird, Little Women, and, most recently, Barbie.
“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,” Gerwig said. “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.’ No, I’m terrified of it. It’s extraordinary. And so we’ll see, I don’t know.”
In a recent interview with Collider, Scott Stuber, Head of Netflix Film, shared his excitement about the new project.
“Well, I think people know that we’re aspirationally trying to get Greta Gerwig’s [The Chronicles of] Narnia together and get that movie, which will be next year,” Stuber said.
“We went out and got the C.S. Lewis library,” he continued. “We went out and got [Roald] Dahl, so we have an opportunity to make some of those animated features around Charlie and some of those great titles. We went out and got some of those video games.”
As Christian Headlines previously reported, Gerwig received criticism for directing smaller films to big-office projects such as Barbie.
“Is it a great thing that our great creative actors and filmmakers live in a world where you can only take giant swings around consumer content and mass-produced products? I don’t know. But it is the business. So, if that’s what people will consume, then let’s make it more interesting, more complicated,” Gerwig’s agent, Jeremy Barber, argued in her defense.
“Greta and I have been very consciously constructing a career. Her ambition is to be not the biggest woman director but a big studio director,” he continued. “And Barbie was a piece of I.P. resonating to her.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney previously released film adaptations of The Chronicles of Narnia, including The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and Prince Caspian (2008), while Fox released a third film, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, in 2010.
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