Netflix has bought the rights to C.S.Lewis’ childhood fantasy epic The Chronicles of Narnia. It plans to make both series and films based on the source material.
There have already been numerous TV and film adaptations of the series, including TV series in 1967 and 1979, a BBC four-parter between 1988-90 and a film trilogy between 2005-10. A fourth film in the series, The Silver Chair, is currently in production.
This is the first time one company has held the rights to all seven books in the series. Which means Netflix could pull out all the stops and adapt all the books into one mega series. We wouldn’t put it past it, considering how much it spends on original content.
The books were originally published between 1960-56, starting with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
“C.S. Lewis’ beloved Chronicles of Narnia stories have resonated with generations of readers around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix.
“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.”
“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,” said Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis.
“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.”