It looks like Gerwig’s planned Narnia films will compress the entire seven book arc, perhaps even into the two films she’s signed to make.
Netflix CEO Scott Stuber continues to spill the beans on Greta Gerwig’s next project following her stunning success with this summer’s Barbie. She’s adapting The Chronicles Of Narnia for the screen (again), and it’s sounding like quite the undertaking too.
We learned yesterday that the film is aiming to shoot next year, but ever since the project was announced back in July, questions have lingered as to which of CS Lewis’ popular Narnia tales would be adapted by Gerwig.
Now we know, or at lest we have a clearer idea. Gerwig is adapting the entire seven book arc, although not as seven distinct films.
According to Stuber (via Variety), Gerwig is working with producer Amy Pascal on how to cover seven books’ worth of material. In Stuber’s own words:
“Obviously, The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe is kind of the preeminent one, but there’s such an interesting narrative form [to the Narnia series] if you read all of them. And so that’s what she’s working on now with [producer] Amy Pascal and trying to figure out how they can break the whole arc of all of it.”
It certainly sounds like Gerwig is looking to find a way to tell the entire tale, in some fashion.
Stuber also pointed out Gerwig found herself led to the story because of its Christian references, adding that Gerwig “grew up in a Christian background. The CS Lewis books are very much based in Christianity”, so perhaps that may feature in some way too.
Perhaps we’ll learn more as Stuber continues to take interviews. For her part, Gerwig seems to be hard at work on the projct ahead of that planned 2024 shoot. We’ll bring you more on this one as we hear it.