After Amazon and The Lord of the Rings, Netflix has also decided to tackle a classic of heroic fantasy literature. They chose The Chronicles of Narnia, the CS Lewis’ saga of 7 volumes. The streaming platform is expected to make movies and TV series whose stories will intertwine in order to create a universe close to what was made by the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the Star Trek franchise.
Ted Sarandos, content manager at Netflix, was enthusiastic about the acquisition: “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.”
Enthusiasm is also on the side of CS Lewis rights holders represented by Douglas Gresham, the writer’s son-in-law: “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.”