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Netflix Taps ‘Barbie’ Director Greta Gerwig to Direct New ‘Narnia’ Adaptations

Greta Gerwig is gearing up to work her magic on yet another beloved franchise. Hot on the heels of Warner Bros.’ highly-anticipated Barbie movie, Gerwig is reportedly set to take the helm for two new movies based on C.S. Lewis’s iconic ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ for Netflix.

According to the New Yorker, Netflix has enlisted Gerwig’s talents for its highly-anticipated Narnia reboot. “There would be other adaptations in her (Gerwig’s) future – she has a deal with Netflix to write and direct at least two films based on C. S. Lewis’s ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ – but she wasn’t likely to make another movie about a toy,” reads the New Yorker report. Gerwig shared her thoughts on another toy adaptation, stating, “It would have to be something that has some strange hook in me, that feels like it goes to the marrow.”

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Greta Gerwig at ‘Barbie’ press conference in South Korea | Image: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage

Originally published between 1950 and 1956, The Chronicles of Narnia is a collection of seven high fantasy children’s novels penned by British author C. S. Lewis. The series gained further recognition with film adaptations of the first three novels—The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by Walden Media and Disney/20th Century Fox in 2005, 2008, and 2010 respectively. However, when Walden Media’s rights to the IP expired in 2018, Netflix swooped in and secured the rights to the series, promising a new chapter in the Narnia saga.

The landmark deal saw Netflix obtaining the rights to the beloved Narnia book series, entering into a multi-year agreement encompassing movies and a TV series. While specific details about the projects have been kept tightly under wraps, the streamer said that it aims to breathe new life into the “classic stories from across the Narnia universe.” Following the acquisition in 2018, Ted Sarandos, in a statement, expressed, “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.”

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There’s not much else known about Netflix’s Narnia reboot and it remains unclear whether the Barbie director plans to start from scratch with the first book or begin at a different point in the timeline.

Greta Gerwig has solidified her reputation as a director known for her sensitive touch. From her breakout success with Lady Bird, earning multiple Oscar nominations, to her stunning rendition of Little Women for Sony, Gerwig has consistently showcased her ability to infuse her films with emotional depth and authenticity. Given her remarkable storytelling prowess and flawless filmography, we are eager to see how she will bring her unique vision to Narnia’s well-known narratives.