According to a recent article in The New Yorker, Greta Gerwig is set to write and direct two “The Chronicles of Narnia” films for Netflix following her work on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Barbie.” There’s no word on which novels of the series Gerwig would adapt. Netflix currently has no official release date for any of the “The Chronicles of Narnia” films as these are in the early stages of development.
While it’s unknown which novels of the acclaimed book series are being adapted by Gerwig, there are seven novels in “The Chronicles of Narnia” series. Following the success of the “Harry Potter” and “The Lord Of The Rings” films, “The Chronicles Of Narnia” were previously adapted with the films “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (2005), “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010).” The series was put on halt due to diminishing box office returns and is now being reworked by Netflix.
It appears Gerwig is ready to dive deeper into big-budget studio filmmaking as she is about to tackle another popular IP following her Mattel film about the world’s most popular doll. While we don’t know the official reviews yet for “Barbie,” her first two films, “Lady Bird” and “Little Women,” received critical acclaim and box office success and were both nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Much like how Barry Jenkins is taking us back to Pride Rock with the upcoming “The Lion King” sequel, “The Chronicles of Narnia” may not seem like a Greta Gerwig project, but it’s always exciting to see a filmmaker take on bigger, more expansive projects as their career continues. We have the utmost confidence she will deliver for old fans and new fans of the popular fantasy book series in a significant way.
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