Greta Gerwig Trades One Fancy Wardrobe for Another With Narnia Announcement
By Movieguide® Contributor
Known for her highly anticipated movie BARBIE, sources confirmed Greta Gerwig is set to direct a new Netflix adaption of NARNIA.
The Hollywood Reporter stated, “There is no official announcement but the New York reported that Gerwig has a deal to direct two films in author C.S Lewis’ NARNIA franchise.”
Additionally IDN reported, “According to a recent profile piece in The New Yorker, Gerwig will helm at least two Narnia movies for Netflix as part of the streamer’s long-gestating plans to bring the beloved Chronicles of Narnia series to life through multiple movies and TV shows.”
Back in 2018, Netflix announced its multi-year deal with the C.S. Lewis company. Later co-writer Matthew Aldrich was hired to serve as the “creative architect.” Aldrich would oversee the development of all movies and shows that derived from C.S. Lewis’ NARNIA.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the streaming service will fashion a TV series as well as movies based on the beloved stories, giving Netflix multiple Narnia projects. “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,” said chief content officer of Netflix Ted Sarandos.
….The Chronicles of Narnia is an allegory of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation which many characters serving as mirrored characters from scripture. Most notable perhaps is the character of Aslan who represents Jesus throughout the seven books. Christians who’ve seen movie and TV renditions of Narnia see Christian imagery all over the place. The Disney version grossed over $1 billion internationally, and non-believing audiences also enjoy the adventures of Narnia.
Lewis’ genius is due in part to the fact that he fashioned the biblical narrative in a manner where people would be attracted to the truth. Lewis is quoted saying, “ Everything began with images; a faun carrying an umbrella, a queen on a sledge, a magnificent lion. At first, there wasn’t anything Christian about them; that element pushed itself in of its own accord.”
In recent months, Netflix has released a variety of inappropriate and blasphemousshows that mock Christianity. Please pray that this new development would help to change Netflix’s tune and honor C.S. Lewis’ work.
Movieguide® previously honored THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE with the Epiphany Prize®. Additionally, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN was selected as one of the Best Movies for Families.
Gerwig’s LITTLE WOMEN was also nominated for a Movieguide® Award.
Gerwig would do well to incorporate the strong faith elements and allegories that make the Narnia series so beloved.
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