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Greta Gerwig on Chronicles of Narnia Excitement (and Nerves)

Barbie filmmaker Greta Gerwig discusses her feelings about getting involved in the upcoming Netflix adaption of Chronicles of Narnia.

Article Summary

  • Greta Gerwig to write and direct two Netflix Narnia films after Barbie success.
  • Netflix ended years of silence with a Chronicles of Narnia adaptation announcement.
  • Matthew Aldrich oversees development; Mark Gordon among executive producers.
  • Gerwig shares her reverence and nerves for adapting the beloved Narnia series.

In 2018, it was announced that  Mark Gordon, Douglas Gresham, and Vincent Sieber would serve as executive producers for a brand new cinematic adaptation of Chronicles of Narnia for Netflix. This would also be the first attempt to adapt the franchise since its previous releases by Disney and 20th Century Fox. Then, on June 12, 2019, Coco co-writer Matthew Aldrich was enlisted to oversee the development of Netflix's Chronicles of Narnia. However, there was very little traction for several years regarding cast, creatives, and any crucial details, indicating that the projects were still gaining traction.

In July 2023, the radio silence ended when it was announced that filmmaker Greta Gerwig had been hired to step into two roles to write and direct at least two Chronicles of Narnia films for the streamer. And after the booming success of her game-changing film Barbie, we can only imagine that there will be a big push to get Gerwig's projects up and running very soon.

Greta Gerwig To Reportedly Direct Two Narnia Films For Netflix
BARBIE – LA PRESS JUNKET PHOTO CALL JUNE 25, 2023 – Director/Writer Greta Gerwig attends the BARBIE Press Junket Photo Call at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA – Photo by Eric Charbonneau

Greta Gerwig on Netflix's Chronicles of Narnia

During an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today, the Barbie director briefly discussed her excitement and nerves surrounding her upcoming Netflix adaption of Chronicles of Narnia (via Deadline), admitting, "I'm slightly in the place of terror because I really do have such reverence for Narnia, I loved Narnia so much as a child. As an adult, C.S. Lewis is a thinker and a writer. I'm intimidated by doing this. It's something that feels like a worthy thing to be intimidated by." She later added, "As a non-British person, I feel a particular sense of wanting to do it correctly… It's like when Americans do Shakespeare, there's a slight feeling of reverence and as if maybe we should treat it with extra care. It is not our countryman."

With seven books to choose from, do you have any specific hopes for the upcoming Netflix adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia?

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Aedan JuvetAbout Aedan Juvet

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