While it was announced a while back that a new Chronicles of Narnia movie was set to enter production this year based on The Silver Chair, it looks like those plans may have been scrapped. The official Chronicles of Narnia Facebook page has announced that the C.S. Lewis Company and Netflix have signed a multi-year deal for movies and TV shows based on the series.
The following is a snippet from the announcement:
“Netflix will develop new series and film projects based on C.S. Lewis’ beloved The Chronicles of Narnia series. Under the terms of a multi-year deal between Netflix and The C.S. Lewis Company, Netflix will develop classic stories from across the Narnia universe into series and films for its members worldwide. All series and films produced through the deal will be Netflix productions, with Mark Gordon of Entertainment One (eOne) alongside Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber serving as executive producers for series and as producers for features. In total the Narnia books have sold more than 100 million copies and been translated in more than 47 languages worldwide. The deal marks the first time that rights to the entire seven books of the Narnia universe have been held by the same company.”
No information has been given on when we might expect these new projects to see the light of day, but it looks like work will be commencing shortly. It will be very interesting to see what this means for Joe Johnston’s The Silver Chair, as filming was supposed to begin soon and it was going to be his last movie. We’ll bring you more information on that as it becomes available.