It’s been 13 years as of this writing since the third film in the classic “Chronicles of Narnia” screen adaptation, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” came out. After that release, rumors rumbled on for years about further films — there are seven books in the series, and only three got the film treatment thus far. The talk of a fourth film bubbled to the surface for a while, but eventually, even the hope of more movies disappeared.
Then, in 2018, hope was born anew when Netflix announced that it had struck a deal to revive the “Narnia” experience, having attained the rights to the intellectual property from the C.S. Lewis Company. A year later (almost to the day), the project landed “Coco” writer Matthew Aldrich. Things seemed to be looking up again — but then everything went quiet. The pandemic followed, and it wasn’t until the summer of 2023 that Gerwig indirectly revealed that she was on tap to direct at least a pair of the upcoming films. Even then, the statement was left hanging in the ether without any follow-up or greater explanation. Having a big wig like Scott Stuber come out and confirm that the production is officially moving forward is exciting.
Aslan is officially on the move, folks. Here’s hoping he arrives on our streaming screens before long.