Netflix has closed a deal with The C.S. Lewis Company to develop series and film projects based on the writer’s famous The Chronicles of Narnia books.
The streaming giant will work alongside Entertainment One in order to develop stories from across the Narnia universe, into films and TV series. This deal marks the first time that the rights to all seven books has been held by one company.
Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix, said of the deal “C.S. Lewis’ beloved Chronicles of Narnia stories have resonated with generations of readers around the world. 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.”
The books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, and have been translated into more than 47 languages.
Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis, is happy that the books will have another life, “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. 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.”
With this deal, Netflix is looking to build a cinematic universe which stretches across film and television, as with franchises like Star Trek and Marvel.
The idea started at eOne, with their president and chief content officer for film and TV, Mark Gordon, who said of the new acquisition, “Narnia is one of those rare properties that spans multiple generations and geographies. eOne and I are excited to be collaborating with The C.S. Lewis Company and Netflix who have the capacity to translate the Narnia universe into both stellar feature-length and episodic programming. We cannot wait to get started on the multiple productions we hope to undertake.”
More on Netflix’s The Chronicles of Narnia when we have it.