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Jul 3, 2023

It’s True!! director Greta Gerwig Will Be Bringing ‘Narnia’ to Life.

The Chornicles of Narnia has been a long time favorite amongst book and film lovers alike. The trilogy of films released in the early 00’s hardly calmed the love people have for this story and now Director Greta Gerwig is bringing the beloved world of Narnia to Netflix.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 30: Greta Gerwig attends the “Barbie” Celebration Party at Museum of Contemporary Art on June 30, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images)

As of now, 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 Greta Gerwig has a deal to direct two films in author C.S. Lewis’ Narnia franchise for streaming giant Netflix.

Why the speculation? Well…in 2018, Netflix announced had acquired the film and TV rights to The Chronicles of Narnia book series. However, since that initial 2018 acquisition the streamer has yet to announce any projects based on the beloved book series. Netflix has long talked about franchise ambitions and has been collecting IP to bolster those efforts, including acquiring Roald Dahl Story Company. The streamer released a movie musical adaptation of Dahl’s Matilda while Wes Anderson recently completed an adaptation of the author’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.

As for Director Greta Gerwig, Narnia continues a trajectory towards bigger-budget filmmaking and her penchant for adaptations. Following her directorial break-out with Lady Bird, which scored five Oscar nominations including best director and best screenplay, Gerwig tackled Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women for Sony before jumping on the Margot Robbie starrer, Barbie.

Disney made adaptations of the novels The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and Prince Caspian  (2008). While Fox released The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010. Do you think that Netflix will adaprt the original three books or move further along into the world of Narnia amongst the other novels published by C.S. Lewis? Let us know your thoughts and what you would like to see being adapted next.