NARNIA: Man, it's happenin'!
"The Chronicles of Narnia" official Facebook page was the first to announce the news, posting a press release from Netflix.
Here's a small part of the release:
"Under the terms of a multi-year deal between Netflix and The C.S. Lewis Company, Netflix will develop classic stories from across the Narnia universe into series and films for its members worldwide. All series and films produced through the deal will be Netflix productions, with Mark Gordon of Entertainment One (eOne) alongside Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber serving as executive producers for series and as producers for features. In total the Narnia books have sold more than 100 million copies and been translated in more than 47 languages worldwide. The deal marks the first time that rights to the entire seven books of the Narnia universe have been held by the same company."
The entire seven books of the Narnia universe. That's a lot of material to explore. This may be Netflix's answer to Amazon's upcoming "Lord of the Rings" series, which is currently aiming to start streaming in 2021 -- or 2020 if they can swing it.
Here's the full announcement post:
More details to come.
There have been three film adaptations so far, from the seven novels: "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" (2005) and "Prince Caspian" (2008) from Disney, and "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (2010) from Fox 2000.
Now Netflix is jumping into the fray. Do you hope they are very faithful -- emphasis on faith -- to Lewis' novels or not?
Whatever the case, someone better tell Andy Samberg he has a few more Lazy Sundays in his future:
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During the World War II bombings of London, four English siblings are sent to a country house where they will be safe. One day Lucy (Georgie Henley) finds a wardrobe that transports her to a magical world called Narnia. After coming back, she soon returns to Narnia with her brothers, Peter (William Moseley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes), and her sister, Susan (Anna Popplewell). There they join the magical lion, Aslan (Liam Neeson), in the fight against the evil White Witch, Jadis (Tilda Swinton). Read More