Netflix has announced plans to adapt the Chronicles of Narnia book series.
The streaming service is developing new TV series and film projects based on the classic tales by British author C.S. Lewis.
Originally published between 1950 and 1956, there are seven books in the children’s fantasy series: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, and The Last Battle.
This new Netflix deal is the first time that the rights to all seven Narnia books have been held by the same company.
Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix, commented: “C.S. Lewis’ beloved Chronicles of Narnia stories have resonated with generations of readers around the world.
“Families have fallen in love with characters like Aslan and the entire world of Narnia, and we’re thrilled to be their home for years to come.”
C.S. Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham added: “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.
“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.”
The Narnia stories have previously been adapted for television by the BBC in the late 1980s, and in three movies between 2005-2010.
The complete BBC series is available to buy on DVD on Amazon here.
The books have sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages.