The rush for more fantasy properties continues to consume the streaming world. Earlier this week, we got word that “The Wheel of Time” will head to Amazon Studios via a deal with Sony. Earlier this year, we heard that “The Lord of the Rings” will come to Amazon as well. That does not even count potential spin-offs from the world of “Game of Thrones” as the HBO series concludes. Netflix also showed moves towards more fantasy television, including an adaptation of “The Witcher“ starring Henry Cavill. Now, Netflix will bring another beloved fantasy series to life in both television and films with “The Chronicles of Narnia” coming to the streaming service.
According to Deadline, Netflix officially closed a deal with the C.S. Lewis Company that continues to develop the properties. In conjunction with eOne’s Mark Gordon, the two companies will develop an expanded universe within the beloved franchise. The fantasy series follows children who enter a magical world, first through a wardrobe, and subsequently through various means. The world of Narnia served as an allegory for Christian tales and stories, with Lewis showing strong inclinations for theologian concepts.
We’ve already seen the world of Narnia come to life in multiple films. The most recent attempt to adapt the series started strong but quickly waned in popularity. “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” starred Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy, and Liam Neeson. The film won an Oscar for Makeup and also received nominations for Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. However, the next two films, “Prince Caspian” and “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” didn’t play much into awards season. The franchise disappeared after “Dawn Treader” making it ripe to explore fully. With Netflix continuing to acquire big-budget properties, it is very interesting to see what they’ll do with Narnia.