A great many of us have now seen what Greta Gerwig can do with Barbie – a children's doll more polarizing than pineapple on pizza. With the film's record-breaking box office weekend debut, the director will soon have time to focus on another fable from our childhood. It appears Greta Gerwig is set to remake C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia in a series of films for Netflix.
While clouds of speculation have hovered over Gerwig for months, the news was set in stone thanks to an interview the director gave the New Yorker earlier this month. Given her track record with bringing beloved intellectual property to the screen – first Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, Barbie and now this – the news is not entirely surprising.
The original three Narnia films, which were released between 2005-2010, emerged to great critical and commercial success. However, the popularity of the trilogy peaked with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and slowly fizzled out by the time Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader hit theatres.
Which leads us to the question of what Narnia look like under Gerwig's direction? So far, we know the director is expected to helm at least two of the upcoming Narnia films for the streamer, which will mark her first foray into the world of fantasy. However, based on an interview Gerwig gave the Total Film podcast production is yet to begin. "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," she said. So we will have to keep our eyes peeled for any further details on casting and release dates.
Still, Gerwig's affiliation with this project marks a new direction for where she plans to proceed with 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,” says Gerwig per Total Film. “I want to do big things and small things and everywhere in between, and having another big canvas is exciting and also daunting.”