Netflix is keen to get Gerwig’s follow-up to Barbie, a Chronicles Of Narnia adaptation, in front of cameras at some point next year.
Netflix executive Scott Stuber has been chatting to a few different outlets this week and one or two interesting nuggets of news have surfaced as a result. Stuber has revealed that Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler are set to feature in Noah Baumbach’s next directing project for the streaming giant. Baumbach co-wrote this year’s commercial juggernaut, Barbie, with his partner, Greta Gerwig, who directed the film. Gerwig is turning her attention to another established property next, in the form of a Chronicles Of Narnia adaptation, also for Netflix.
Little is known about the project at the moment, apart from that Gerwig has signed on to direct two films in the series. As of right now, we don’t yet know which ones, either, but according to Stuber, Netflix is keen to have the first one shooting at some point in 2024 with the aim probably being to release it at some point in 2025.
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Gerwig has been chatting a little lately about the anxiety that comes with the writing process, and given Barbie’s stunning success, we’re sure some of those natural fears will find their way into her story, not least because she’s nothing if not a self-reflexive filmmaker.
Gerwig’s 2019 adaptation of the classic novel, Little Women remains as one of the best adaptations of children’s literature we’ve seen in the past few years, so hopes are high that she can provide us with a definitive take on CS Lewis’ beloved books.
The Chronicles Of Narnia book series was previously adapted for the big screen in the mid-2000s. The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, directed by Andrew Adamson, came first in 2005, and was followed by Prince Caspian (2008) and The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (2010), both directed by the late Michael Apted.
We’ll bring you more news on Gerwig’s take on the Lewisverse as we hear it.