Netflix has acquired the rights to develop an original series based on C.S. Lewis’ hit fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia. The announcement mentions both a “new series” and “film projects,” indicating this could be a massive undertaking for the company with both episodic and movie projects in the works. The agreement is described as a multi-year deal between The C.S. Lewis Company and Netflix.
The Narnia books, as they’re often called, have sold millions of copies around the world and were the basis for a series of hit movies released years ago. This marks the latest major original undertaking for Netflix, which has created a variety of its own TV shows and movies, including ones based on other book series.
The promised movies and series will follow “classic stories from across” the fantasy universe, indicating that we may get something new set within the framework of the world created by Lewis. Additional details about the projects weren’t revealed, though, and it’s unclear whether any scripts have been written at this point.
According to The C.S. Lewis Company, this marks the first time ever that the rights for the entire seven Narnia books have been granted to a single company. Netflix appears to have long-term plans for its original content, with company Chief Content Office Ted Sarandos saying:
C.S. Lewis’ beloved Chronicles of Narnia stories have resonated with generations of readers around the world. 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.