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Netflix Announces New Live Action Adaptations Of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ Books

Netflix is definitely taking the road less traveled by mixing long and short-form storytelling.

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Since the advent of streaming platforms, it’s felt like an unending mad dash to produce the next big piece of heralded media, and Netflix isn’t wasting any time. After announcing their upcoming live-action version Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender just eight years after M. Night Shyamalan’s indisputably disastrous attempt at the same thing, the streaming giant is bringing another classic back to life. Netflix will be spearheading new live-action adaptations of the classic children’s books series The Chronicles of Narnia.

Just like with Avatar: The Last Airbender, 20th Century Fox’s live-action version of The Chronicles of Narnia aren’t that far in the rearview. The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, the 2010 adaptation of the third novel in C. S. Lewis‘s epic fantasy series only came out in 2010. The series follows four British kids who escape into a separate magical world called Narnia at the height of  World War II, and per a statement from Netflix, Lewis‘s family is as excited as fans of the books.

“It is wonderful to know that folks from all over are looking forward to seeing more of Narnia and that the advances in production and distribution technology have made it possible for us to make Narnian adventures come to life all over the world,” said Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis. “Netflix seems to be the very best medium with which to achieve this aim, and I am looking forward to working with them towards this goal.”

Per the official announcement, the new adaptation of the Narnia series will contain “both stellar feature-length and episodic programming” as “multiple productions” will be taking place.