Netflix picks up the rights to produce 'series and films' based on The Chronicles of Narnia

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The series, originally created by C.S. Lewis, gave us a glimpse of a unique fantasy world. While the movies and books contained plenty of the tropes you'd see in other fantasy stories, such as medieval combat, magic, and struggles between good and evil, the world of Narnia still stood out for many; myself included.

This was primarily due to how relatable the main characters were. They were ordinary, awkward modern kids, who unwittingly found themselves thrust into a completely alien fantasy world, filled with witches, centaurs, and massive battles.

Today, the official Chronicles of Narnia Facebook page announced some good news for series fans - Netflix will be reviving the franchise in the form of several "series and films."

This revival comes after Netflix and the C.S. Lewis company managed to agree to a "multi-year" production deal. The specifics haven't been hammered out yet, but according to the announcement, Mark Gordon, Douglas Gresham (C.S. Lewis' stepson), and Vincent Sieber will be at the helm of the productions, serving as "executive producers."

"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," Gresham said. "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."

While it's probably best to remain skeptical about this partnership until we learn more about Netflix's specific plans for Narnia, there's still reason to be excited.

After all, it's been eight years since the last Narnia film released, and the entertainment industry has changed quite a bit technologically speaking - now is as good a time as any to bring the world of Narnia back to the big screen.

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ET3D

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I wonder if this means that Netflix will develop Narnia beyond what's in the books. For a TV series, I suppose that would be necessary. That could be interesting.

Personally, the only book I'm really interested in seeing (if done well) is The Silver Chair, which IMO is the best Narnia book. There's a movie in the making right now, so I'm not sure what Netflix can add.

So I'm not all that excited at the prospects, partly because although I largely enjoyed the books, I'm not a huge fan. But something interesting could be made of them, so I'll be looking forward to seeing what Netflix does.

Now, if Netflix got the rights to Zelazny's Amber, that would be awesome news. Skybound said in 2016 that they're developing the series for TV, but I haven't heard anything since, so I assume the project has been abandoned.
 
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EClyde

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Personally, I will be looking forward to this. It will be interesting to see where they take it.

Historical drama like that might be a snooze for me. I prefer the fantasy/sci-fi realms.

Out of curiosity, have you seen FX's Legion? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legion_(TV_series)
Everyone's heads are filled full of trash and it is popular. That doesn't alter the fact that is trash which goes along way to understanding why the lowest common denominator works. And trash is available on your smartphone. It is designed this way so 90% of folk will have NO idea what is happening. Then they can be fed more trash. You are right, history is snooze for 90%
 

wiyosaya

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Personally, I will be looking forward to this. It will be interesting to see where they take it.

Historical drama like that might be a snooze for me. I prefer the fantasy/sci-fi realms.

Out of curiosity, have you seen FX's Legion? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legion_(TV_series)
Everyone's heads are filled full of trash and it is popular. That doesn't alter the fact that is trash which goes along way to understanding why the lowest common denominator works. And trash is available on your smartphone. It is designed this way so 90% of folk will have NO idea what is happening. Then they can be fed more trash. You are right, history is snooze for 90%
Though it does not surprise me, your response is interesting. For me, popularity does not determine quality. IMO, there are many popular shows out there that I consider :poop: and there are shows out there that many consider :poop: that I enjoy.