1. Lauren says:

    *runs to share with everyone I know*

    This is the best Narnia news in a long time!

  2. notleia says:

    Let’s hope they animate it instead of doing half CG, half live action.

    • Lauren says:

      As long as it’s not too cutesy . . . I haven’t actually watched Netflix originals that are animated, but the stuff I have seen clips for doesn’t seem that great looking.

      But I prefer the classic Disney style animation over the newer stuff.

      • notleia says:

        Maybe I’m not the best to judge because I’m pretty flexible when it comes to art style. I’ll even watch uncanny-valley CG like RWBY if it has a good enough story.
        But Netflix was behind Devilman Crybaby and the new show Hilda, which both were very stylized types but fit their separate genres well. I think Narnia could make use of a more stylized type pretty easily, like something from that Canadian-European arthouse who did The Breadwinner and Song of the Sea (both also on Netflix at this point).

        • Alan says:

          I’m open to most any animation style, if they did that. But I’d prefer an anime aesthetic, like with The Last Airbender, (from what I hear) Castlevania, and such.

        • Art style can be a big hurdle for me, unfortunately, though if I like the story enough I can get used to the art style. One art style I really hope they don’t use, though, is that new one that looks like 3d animation that tries to masquerade as 2d. The technology hasn’t gotten far enough with that, so the 3dness is usually kind of easy to see and looks a little bleh.

          Kind of hoping for a series, too, instead of them trying to cram everything from each book into one film. Cramming typically seems to lead to writing mistakes that reduce the overall quality of a story.

      • Alan says:

        It depends on what direction the give the studio. The studio that did Castlevania (reportedly, I haven’t seen it yet) has done a very good job of making things gritty and such. Not that gritty is always better, not to me at least. It depends. But if that studio can do so, then it’s possible. Then there’s Voltron.

        On animation style, I’m open to anything, except the new style dubbed (fairy or not) the Tumblr style or whatever they call it.

    • Travis Perry says:

      I believe I can make a solid guess based on prior actions by Netflix that they will NOT animate it. Half CG, half live action is cheaper to produce than full animation and Netflix consistently tries to lower production costs.

  3. Travis Perry says:

    [paper shuffling sound] Ah, yes, here it is! Behold the following quote from Netflix on its acquisition of Narnia:

    “Under the terms of a multi-year deal between Netflix and The C.S. Lewis Company, Netflix will develop classic stories from across the Narnia universe into series and films for its members worldwide. All series and films produced through the deal will be Netflix productions, with Mark Gordon of Entertainment One (eOne) alongside Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber serving as executive producers for series and as producers for features.”

    The “all series and films produced through the deal will be Neflix productions” part implies to me that Netflix will not own any of the rights to the previously-existing Narnia movies. That would mean, if I’m reading the statement correctly, that this represents a “hard” reboot. Netflix seems to be committing to making its own production of the entire set of Narnia books, as well as committing to creating some Narnia series.

    I would guess that even if I’m right about that, Netflix would not want to make its first film a re-make of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Since that film was pretty well-received. If I were to venture a guess, I would say Netflix will choose to mark its independence from the other films by producing its versions in chronological order. Which means the first one will be The Magician’s Nephew. Then The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, then A Horse and His Boy, then Prince Caspian, then Dawn Treader, then finally after five years or more, The Silver Chair, followed by The Last Battle.

    My guess here could be dead wrong–but I think it’s worth considering that there’s no particular reason to get excited about a film version of The Silver Chair. Not yet. It may well not be next.

    Since I’m offering guesses, let me offer another–I bet that one of the Narnia series will involve the early days of the reign of the four monarchs in Cair Paravel…because that would allow Netflix to use the same actors they will use on contract for a number of the movies.

    As for any other Narnia series, I hesitate to guess any further…though I will hazard that if anything significantly reduces the Christian content of Narnia, it will be the proposed series that will do so…

    • Brie Donning says:

      In a discussion on NarniaWeb’s Talking Beast podcast they suggested the possibility that they might start off with the Magician’s Nephew, and go chronologically. They were assuming they would be done as series with perhaps two books per season.

      The discussion was from two weeks ago when Netflix was only unconfirmed rumours, so they didn’t have the full information of “classic stories from across the Narnia universe into series and films”.

  4. julie dick says:

    Patrick Stewart as Aslan would be amazing. I love his reading of Last Battle and am greatly disappointed that he only made the one audiobook. But I also agree with your rational for starting with the Silver Chair. Out of all the Narnia books, Silver Chair (and Horse and His Boy, to an extent,) has the least special effects.

  5. I’m optimistically ecstatic! Cautiously optimistic, anyway.

What do you think?