Netflix’s movie chief Scott Stuber has updated fans on the status of a highly-anticipated project, in Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia.
Stuber, 54, spoke with Collider at an event at the The Egyptian Theatre Hollywood for the reopening of the American Cinematheque, the outlet reported Tuesday.
‘Well, I think people know that we’re aspirationally trying to get Greta Gerwig’s Narnia together and get that movie, which will be next year,’ Stuber said of the project with the Barbie director, 40, on the C.S. Lewis source material.
The star of Gerwig – who is slated to helm a pair of projects from the material – has been on the rise in recent years with a number of high-profile, critically-acclaimed projects.
Most recently, they include this summer’s blockbuster Barbie film, which has raked in more than $1.4 billion worldwide at the box office.
The latest: Netflix’s movie chief Scott Stuber has updated fans on the status of a highly-anticipated project, in Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker, 40, was pictured last month in LA
Gerwig also directed the music video for the Dua Lipa track from the film’s soundtrack, Dance the Night.
She has received two Academy Award nominations for her work in the 2017 film Lady Bird, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Achievement in Directing; and got another Oscar nod for Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2019 film Little Women.
In the chat with Collider, Stuber said that Netflix has ‘tried to be aggressive in’ acquiring the IP of prominent authors with built-in fanbases.
‘We went out and got the C.S. Lewis library,’ he said. ‘We went out and got [Roald] Dahl, so we have an opportunity to make some of those animated features around Charlie and some of those great titles.’
He said the streamer also ‘went out and got some of those video games.’
Gerwig was confirmed to direct at least two new movies based on the C.S. Lewis Narnia novels for Netflix this past July.
While the actress-turned-filmmaker was promoting Barbie on the Total Film podcast, she admitted how ‘terrified’ she is of the daunting adaptation.
‘I haven’t even really started wrapping my arms around it, but I’m properly scared of it, which feels like a good place to start,’ Gerwig stated. ‘I think when I’m scared, it’s always a good sign.
Details: Stuber, pictured last year in LA, said Netflix is ‘aspirationally trying to get Greta Gerwig’s Narnia together and get that movie, which will be next year’
Projects in the works: Gerwig is currently attached to multiple films for the streaming service from the C.S. Lewis source material
Breakthrough: The novels were adapted numerous times, most recently Disney’s adaptations of the first three novels in 2005, 2008 and 2010, respectively, with the 2005 movie featuring James McAvoy’s breakthrough performance as Mr. Tumnus
‘Maybe when I stop being scared, it’ll be like, “Maybe I shouldn’t do that one.” No, I’m terrified of it. It’s extraordinary. And it’s exciting.’
Lewis wrote seven novels that make up The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian – The Return to Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew and The Last Battle, all published between 1950 and 1956.
The novels were adapted numerous times, most recently Disney’s adaptations of the first three novels in 2005, 2008 and 2010, respectively, with the 2005 movie featuring James McAvoy’s breakthrough performance as Mr. Tumnus.
The story follows four British siblings who discover the magical world of Narnia within a seemingly ordinary wardrobe.
While the first four novels take place chronologically between 1940 and 1942, The Horse and His Boy goes back to 1940, The Magician’s Nephew is set in 1900 and The Last Battle moves forward to 1949.
Neither Netflix nor Gerwig has confirmed which two novels they plan on tackling first, though, given how the novels explore before and after the original books, it’s possible they could begin elsewhere besides the traditional starting point of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.’
Gerwig started her career as an actress in mumblecore movies like Baghead, Hannah Takes the Stairs (her feature screenwriting debut) and Greenberg.
She co-wrote, co-starred and co-directed Nights And Weekends with Joe Swanberg before making her solo writing and directing debut with 2017’s Lady Bird, which she followed up with the Best Picture nominee Little Women in 2019.
Now with Barbie under her belt and Narnia on the horizon, Gerwig admitted she doesn’t want to make just one kind of movie throughout her career.
‘I hope to make all different kinds of movies in the course of the time I get to make movies, which – it’s a long time, but it’s also limited,’ she said.
‘I want to do big things and small things and everywhere in between, and having another big canvas is exciting and also daunting,’ she elaborated.