The streaming giant announces plans for a series of productions based on C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia.
Netflix has signed a multi-year deal with The C.S. Lewis Company to develop new content based on the enormously popular Christian allegories. Many details are still unclear, but producer Mark Gordon says there will be multiple productions in both "feature-length and episodic programming."
Lewis' seven Narnia books have sold more than 100 million copies and been translated into nearly 50 languages since he published The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, in 1950. That and the next two books - Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader were made into movies by Disney and raked in approximately $1.6 billion - yes, with a "B" - starting in 2005, so this is clearly a 'can't miss' franchise.
Lewis' stepson, Douglas Gresham, will serve as an executive producer on this new project and is voicing his enthusiasm.
"It is wonderful to know that folks from all over the world 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."
If you're among those champing at the bit for these new Narnia productions, you'll need to be patient: in addition to no specifics on the number of movies/episodes, the release dates are uncertain as well.