Netflix is working on bringing The Chronicles of Narnia back to life, and they are throwing a lot of money at the project as they plan to make both movies and a series based on it. Now, Netflix has named the man who will lead the franchise.
Netflix has signed Matthew Aldrich, who co-wrote the Oscar-winning Pixar movie Coco, to oversee the entire adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix wants to take the seven-book series by C.S. Lewis and create multiple adaptations in both movies and streaming series. This is the first time that one company held the rights to all seven books in the Narnia series.
The books take children from the real world, sending them on adventures in Narnia, where a Christ-like Lion named Aslan watches over them. The stories mix Greek and Roman myths with Christian themes and traditional fairy tales to tell a wholly unique story.
According to THR, Netflix has at least one series planned, as well as a series of movies that will tell different stories from the world of Narnia. At the moment, it is not clear if the films and streaming series will interconnect or be standalone tales.
Mark Gordon of Entertainment One, as well as Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber, act as executive producers for the series that Netflix hopes will help them compete with Amazon Prime's acquisition of the Lord of the Rings series.
The Chronicles of Narnia novels have been adapted multiple times over the years, for radio, television, stage and film, most recently with the three films produced by Walden Media: 2005's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 2008's Prince Caspian and 2010's The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.