Barbie director Greta Gerwig is reportedly set to two direct two movies for Netflix based on The Chronicles of Narnia from author C.S. Lewis. Rumours surrounding Gerwig’s involvement in the Narnia movies have been circulating for some time now following Netflix’s acquisition of the IP back in 2018, but a new report suggests that it’s finally moving forward at the streaming service.
According to a report from The New Yorker, Gerwig is the likely candidate to direct two of Netflix’s upcoming Narnia movies and it’s all but confirmed at this point. The article states that after Barbie, Gerwig will not be allowed to get involved with other projects centered around toys. Thankfully, The Chronicles of Narnia is first and foremost a literary property and it seems like the director would be in the clear to helm movies in the series.
Meanwhile, Barbie has captured the attention of the internet thanks to its bizarre trailers which feature several tongue-in-cheek references and its star-studded cast including Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken. The movie also stars other prominent Hollywood actors such as Simu Liu, Michael Cera, Will Ferrell, John Cena, Dua Lipa and Helen Mirren, among others.
The Chronicles of Narnia were already adapted into movies back in the 2000s with varying degrees of success. The first movie, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, was released in 2005 and received mostly positive reviews and decent box office success. Subsequent sequels including 2008’s Prince Caspian and 2010’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, failed to garner the same positive reception or replicate the first movie’s box office success, leading to the IP rights finally landing on Netflix’s lap years later.
Apart from the upcoming Barbie, Gerwig is also known for directing 2017’s critically acclaimed Lady Bird and 2019’s Little Women.
Barbie releases in cinemas on 21 July.
Source: The New Yorker