Greta Gerwig will direct The Chronicles of Narnia for Netflix. After the super-successful film Barbiethe American director will direct The Chronicles of Narnia.
As was already announced last June, the filmmaker who signed the film about the Mattel doll has signed an agreement with the streaming platform to direct at least two films based on the literary saga by CS Lewis. Filming will begin in 2024.
Let’s discover together everything that is known about this highly anticipated project which will see Gerwig move from one fantastic land to another: from Barbie Land to Narnia, in fact, the step is short.
CS Lewis’s literary epic is a successful series of fantasy books that was originally published from 1950 to 1956. The story tells the fantastic adventures of a group of children who manage to access a magical world. The child protagonists will find themselves forced to protect that fantasy world from the evil that is evoked by a messianic lion named Aslan.
After various adaptations on radio and television, since 2005 Disney and Walden Media have created three adaptations for the cinema (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treaderthe latter of which was produced by Fox).
And in these hours an update has arrived from Netflix. “I think it’s known that we’re trying to put together Greta Gerwig’s Narnia movie sometime next year,” she told Collider Netflix film director Scott Stuber. So there is no longer any doubt: it will be done, to the delight of the many fans of both CS Lewis’ novels and Greta Gerwig, who is now the rock star of cinema.
The rights to the literary saga have passed to Netflix
Now the rights to CS Lewis’ literary saga have passed to Netflix, which has decided to continue with the adaptations, focusing on one of the most prominent names in the cinema scene in recent months. After the success of his Barbiein fact, if there is a diva of the seventh art it is Greta Gerwig.
For now, the project entrusted to the director who directed Margot Robbie in the role of the blonde doll is shrouded in mystery. At the moment it is not known what approach will be chosen for this series of films, nor are any details relating to the chronological order that will be followed. We remind you that the seven volumes that make up the series of novels can be read in chronological order based on the plot or in the order in which they were published.
The production of the first film could be imminent
In the last few hours it comes from the American magazine Collider the revelation that the first cinematic chapter of this project focused on The Chronicles of Narnia should be in the works.
“I think it’s known that we’re trying to put together Greta Gerwig’s Narnia movie by next year,” he told Collider Netflix film director Scott Stuber. These words clearly state that the film will therefore begin production during 2024.
Many online are wondering what treatment Gerwig will choose
Meanwhile on the web, fans of CS Lewis on the one hand and Greta Gerwig on the other are launching bold hypotheses, wondering what the treatment chosen by the director could be to tackle the Narnia universe.
We are talking about a very complex and layered narrative universe, with an enormous wealth of characters, magical elements, settings, twists, crossroads and turning points. There are also many substrata, symbols and hidden meanings, so handling such material is certainly not easy.
The lion Aslan is a prophetic and saving figure who is even compared to Christ. As Paolo Armelli points out in an article recently published on Wired Italy, “there has been no shortage of criticism of the essentially Christian structure of Lewis’ works, judged conservative and reactionary from certain points of view. Much criticism has also been directed at the racist and sexist references in which the plot is imbued (particularly in the treatment of a character like Susan, who is ‘removed’ as she grows up and becomes interested in ‘stockings, lipsticks and invitations’)” . Armelli concludes by stating “we certainly have to expect big surprises from Gerwig’s treatment.”