Co-Writer of Disney’s Oscar-Winning ‘Coco’ to Oversee ‘Narnia’ Series for Netflix

Matthew Aldrich, co-writer of Disney’s Oscar-winning animated film Coco, will oversee the development and creative for Netflix’s upcoming live-action adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, the SVOD service announced.

Aldrich will work across both series and film and serve as a creative architect on all projects under the deal.

Aldrich most recently co-wrote Coco for Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and grossed more than $800 million worldwide.

Last October, Netflix and The C.S. Lewis Company announced a multi-year deal for Netflix to develop stories from across the “Narnia” universe into series and films for its members worldwide. All series and films produced through the deal will be Netflix productions, with Mark Gordon of Entertainment One (eOne) alongside Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber serving as executive producers for the series and as producers for the features.

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In total the “Narnia” books have sold more than 100 million copies and have been translated into more than 47 languages worldwide, according to Netflix.

Netflix to Develop Series, Films Based on C.S. Lewis’ ‘Chronicles of Narnia’

Netflix will develop new series and film projects based on C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” series.

Under the terms of a multi-year deal between Netflix and The C.S. Lewis Co., Netflix will develop stories from across the Narnia universe into series and films for its members worldwide. All series and films produced through the deal will be Netflix productions, with Mark Gordon of Entertainment One (eOne) alongside Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber serving as executive producers for series and as producers for features.

In total the Narnia books have sold more than 100 million copies and been translated in more than 47 languages worldwide. The deal marks the first time that rights to the entire seven books of the Narnia universe have been held by the same company.

“C.S. Lewis’ beloved Chronicles of Narnia stories have resonated with generations of readers around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer, Netflix. “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.”

“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.”

“Narnia is one of those rare properties that spans multiple generations and geographies,” said Mark Gordon, eOne’s president and chief content officer, film and television. “eOne and I are excited to be collaborating with The C.S. Lewis Company and Netflix who have the capacity to translate the Narnia universe into both stellar feature-length and episodic programming. We cannot wait to get started on the multiple productions we hope to undertake.”