The Netflix acquired the image rights of The Chronicles of Narnia and for the catalog, will produce new films and series based on the work of CS Lewis. The post came through the official website and social networks.
“Beloved stories of The Chronicles of Narnia, in CS Lewis, resonated as generations of readers around the world", said Ted Sarandos. “Families fell in love with characters like Aslan and the entire universe of Narnia; and we are happy to be the home of the saga for years to come“, Celebrated the content director of Netflix.
The first adaptation of the stories of Lewis was in 2005, in theaters, with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the last, five years later, with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. In November 2017, Thunder reported that Sony Pictures had guaranteed the rights to produce The Silver Chair, which would be directed by Joe Johnston. On the occasion, the director assured that it would be a reboot and that the fourth film would in no way resemble the first three, produced by Disney in partnership with Walden Media.
Until that moment, the Disney was the owner of the image rights of the story and contrary to the plans of the Sony, the fourth film had a date to start shooting until the end of 2018. However, it seems that the project was shelved so that the Netflix produce the new films and series in the universe created by the Irish writer.
Despite having already declared that he does not fear competition, the attempt to remain at the top of the public's preference, among so many other platforms of streaming and also on TV, Netflix used that card up his sleeve to compete with HBO, with the return of game of Thrones and also with the Amazon, which currently produces a spin off with the events prior to the advent of Lord of the Rings.
This is because the streaming already detected the fans' preference for productions that take place in a fantastic universe, proof of that, are the box office of great films of the genre, such as franchises Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, in J.K. Rowling; The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, in JRR Tolkien and The Chronicles of ice and Fire, books that originated the series game of Thrones, in George RR Martin.
There are still no dates for the premiere of the new films and series of The Chronicles of Narnia, nor information about technical staff and cast.