Last October, we learned that Netflix will be breathing life back into C.S Lewis’ classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, with a series of movie and television adaptations. Now, Netflix has finally announced the “creative architect” who will oversee the whole project and it is none other than the co-writer of Oscar-winning Pixar film Coco’s Matthey Aldrich.
The news came via Netflix’s See What’s Next twitter account, announcing that Aldrich will “serve as the creative architect and oversee the development of all films and shows adapted from C.S. Lewis’ beloved Narnia universe for Netflix.”
Aside from Coco, Aldrich has also written for the thriller Spinning Man which starred Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan, and Minnie Driver, as well as 2007’s Cleaner.
C.S Lewis’ beloved series Chronicles of Narnia was originally published in the 1950s and consists of seven books. It centres around the fictional fantasy world of Narnia and the children transported there.
The books have been adapted numerous times, with the most recent being the series of films released between 2005 to 2010, with the most popular of the three films released being Disney’s The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. A fourth movie was to be developed but the plan fell through when Netflix made a long term deal with the C.S. Lewis Company in 2018.
Netflix’s series of adaptations for C.S Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia will not be the first time a major fantasy series is being adapted for a streaming service, with other notable mentions such as The Witcher on Netflix and The Lord of the Rings on Amazon.
We are certainly looking forward to seeing how the various adaptations for Chronicles of Narnia will co-exist with each other. Though it will still be quite some time till we do as there has not been a release date announced for the first adaptation yet.