Netflix To Develop Series And Films Based On ‘The Chronicles Of Narnia’ Franchise

Netflix is planning to develop new series and film projects based on C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia franchise as part of a multi-year deal between Netflix and The C.S. Lewis Company.

The deal calls for the streaming service to develop classic stories from the Narnia franchise, marking the first time the entire seven-book Narnia series has been held by the same company, said the network.

Netflix production will develop all series and films produced through the deal along with Mark Gordon of Entertainment One (eOne). Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber will serve as executive producers for series and as producers for feature movies.

“Narnia is one of those rare properties that spans multiple generations and geographies,” said Mark Gordon, eOne’s President and Chief Content Officer, Film & Television in a statement. “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.”

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