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Narnia Producer Wants Episodic Netflix Reboot

Douglas Gresham, the producer of The Chronicles of Narnia film series, has expressed a desire for the reboot to follow an episodic format. Thing is though, he hasn’t heard from Netflix about what’s the current status on the reboot.

Based on CS Lewis’ popular fantasy books, the series was adapted for the big screen by Disney in 2005. The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe earned $745 million and was poised to be a mega-franchise in the vein of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. However, the release of Prince Caspian threw a wrench into their plans with the film only earning $419 million.

Following a dispute between Walden Media and Disney over the budget of the third film, Fox stepped in. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was made on a budget of $150 million and earned $415 million. The film wasn’t as much of a hit in the United States where it underperformed but its international haul was certainly very respectable.

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Netflix working on new Chronicles of Narnia series and films - Polygon

What’s In The Wardrobe?

It was clear that Fox wanted a fresh start for the series, so plans were in place to reboot the series with a fourth instalment. The Silver Chair was going to be directed by Joe Johnston but plans fell apart; and Netflix bought the rights in 2018; and stated that they intended to develop a series of films and movies based on it.

Gresham, who is also Lewis’ stepson, had this to say:

“I would love it to be an episodic thing. Because with a movie, you have an hour; maybe two-hour maximum if you really stretch it. To put an entire book – an adventure storybook – into the film. And you just can’t do it.”

It’s clear as day that Gresham wants these adaptions to be as faithful as possible to Lewis’ original vision. I just wonder how the depiction of Susan, who is branded “a conceited young woman” for making her own choices is going to fly with the audiences of today.