Date: 4th July 2023
Netflix has enlisted Barbie director Greta Gerwig to helm at least two films in its Chronicles of Narnia reboot series.
Gerwig has set a deal that will see her write and direct at least two movies based on the books.
While no official announcement has been made, it has long been rumored that Gerwig, who worked with the streamer on the Noah Baumbach-directed White Noise, would tackle a Narnia movie. In a story about Mattel’s continuing Hollywood ambitions, the New Yorker reported that Gerwig has a deal to direct two films in author C.S. Lewis’ Narnia franchise.
In 2018, Netflix announced had acquired the film and TV rights to The Chronicles of Narnia book series. Said Ted Sarandos at the time. “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.” But since that 2018 acquisition, the streamer has yet to announce any projects based on the beloved book series.
The first Chronicles of Narnia film, based on the 1950 novel of C.S. Lewis's classic series The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, was helmed by Andrew Adamson with Walt Disney Pictures. It starred young British actors William Moseley (The Royals), Anna Popplewell (The Nun 2), Georgie Henley (The Sisterhood of Night), and Skandar Keynes as the four Pevensie siblings, and also included the likes of Tilda Swinton (Asteroid City) as the White Witch, James McAvoy (My Son) as Mr. Tumnus the faun, and Liam Neeson (Retribution) lending his voice to the great lion Aslan. The first film crushed all expectations at the box office in 2005, earning nearly $750 million and making it the most successful movie Walden Media ever made.
Source: Press Release