Netflix is doing its part to stir up the feeding frenzy for big-budget programming content among the cable networks and streaming services, set to develop new series and film projects based on C.S. Lewis’ classic The Chronicles of Narnia series.
“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.” – Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix
Announced on The Chronicles of Narnia Facebook page, the terms of the multi-year deal brokered with The C.S. Lewis Company, Netflix developing and producing projects from across the Narnia universe with Entertainment One‘s (eOne) Mark Gordon alongside Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber serving as executive producers for series and as producers for features.
“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.” – Douglas Gresham, C.S. Lewis’s stepson
In the nearly 70 years since the publication of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series of books have sold 100 million+ copies and been translated in more than 47 languages worldwide. What makes this deal so unique is that it is the first time that rights to the entire seven books of the book series have been held by the same company.
“Narnia is one of those rare properties that spans multiple generations and geographies. eOne and I are excited to be collaborating with The C.S. Lewis Company and Netflix who have the capacity to translate the Narnia universe into both stellar feature-length and episodic programming. We cannot wait to get started on the multiple productions we hope to undertake.” – Mark Gordon, eOne’s President and Chief Content Officer, Film & Television