Poll: Films, television series, or both?

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How do you want Netflix to adapt The Chronicles of Narnia?

A series of films.
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A television series.
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Mix and match: some of the books should be made as films, and other books should be made as a television series.
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Poll: Films, television series, or both?

Postby The Rose-Tree Dryad » Oct 24, 2018 3:28 pm

Since Netflix's plans for Narnia are probably still in development, I'm curious to see what fans prefer: should the seven books be made as films, a television series, or a combination of both?

Personally, I'm all in for a television series. I want the extra run time that a television series will offer so we can enjoy all of the scenes that would likely be cut in a film adaptation. Even with the books that lend very well to movie adaptation (LWW, SC, MN), there are still many scenes that I worry will end up on the cutting room floor. That's not nearly as much of a concern with a series.
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Re: What do you prefer? Films, television series, or both?

Postby fantasia_kitty » Oct 24, 2018 3:30 pm

My order of preference is a mix of both. Ideally start with LWW as a full length movie, and then do a TV series after that.
Second is a series because some of the books (specifically VDT) really lend themselves well to a series.
Last is a set of movies. And quite frankly, if they end up going with this option, I'll still be happy because I just want a complete set of films! :P ;))
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Re: What do you prefer? Films, television series, or both?

Postby Col Klink » Oct 24, 2018 6:39 pm

By a tv series do we mean a miniseries, which has a beginning and end like a book, or a regular series which goes on until the ratings do down? That impacts my decision.

I'm kind of leaning towards doing the first handful of books as movies and the others as series at the moment. Mostly because I'm a bit sick of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and (to a lesser extent) The Silver Chair since I feel like people are always adapting them and not the other books. :p I kind of want them to breeze through those stories so we can get to The Horse and his Boy, The Magician's Nephew and The Last Battle. (Actually, part of me feels that The Last Battle is unadaptable and they'd be safer not bothering to try. But if they do try, it'll at least be a novelty.)

As I've said elsewhere, I'd really like to see HHB and MN on the big screen. Adapting them as anything will depress me since it's a reminder that wish of mine will never come true. :( But not adapting them will depress me too since I really think they're such great material. :-?? A miniseries would have the benefit of a lengthy running time. But I wouldn't demand it be that long. The Magician's Nephew could be done well in three hours and The Horse and his Boy in five.
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Re: What do you prefer? Films, television series, or both?

Postby The Rose-Tree Dryad » Oct 24, 2018 7:07 pm

Col Klink wrote:By a tv series do we mean a miniseries, which has a beginning and end like a book, or a regular series which goes on until the ratings do down? That impacts my decision.


By television series, I'm talking about one with a defined beginning and end, planned that way from the get-go. Although I can see an opportunistic exec looking at the last chapter of The Last Battle and thinking, "Hey, let's just keep going! Lewis says the adventures never end." :P Let's hope not.
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Re: What do you prefer? Films, television series, or both?

Postby Col Klink » Oct 24, 2018 7:26 pm

By television series, I'm talking about one with a defined beginning and end, planned that way from the get-go. Although I can see an opportunistic exec looking at the last chapter of The Last Battle and thinking, "Hey, let's just keep going! Lewis says the adventures never end."



LOL. I think I'm going to vote for mix and match. I'm not sure if that's feasible but it makes sense to me. Some of the Narnia books have simple plots (which would work better for movies) and some have more complicated plots (which would work better for miniseries.)
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Re: Poll: Films, television series, or both?

Postby Cleander » Oct 25, 2018 8:08 pm

Just joined the forum, so this is more like test post to see if it's working! Hi everyone! But anyway I'm more in favor of mixing and matching. Maybe more on that later... :D
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Re: Poll: Films, television series, or both?

Postby Glumpuddle » Oct 26, 2018 8:27 am

^ Good to see you on the forum, Cleander!

I like the idea of some books being movies and others being series.

My only big concern is that they will try too hard to make these a "universe" and make the narratives connect and flow into each other. The Marvel movies often focus so much on setting the stage for future movies that it harms the present movie.

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Re: Poll: Films, television series, or both?

Postby The Rose-Tree Dryad » Oct 26, 2018 9:31 am

Welcome to the forums, Cleander! :D

One of my other reservations with the "mix and match" strategy is that I feel like the movie adaptations will just leave me wanting more. For instance, if we get a really expansive adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and we have lots of time to spend with the characters, soak up the atmosphere, et cetera, then galloping through The Horse and His Boy at breakneck speed — comparatively speaking — could end up feeling unsatisfying.

That said, if they're serious about the "mini" aspect of a miniseries, and each series is only about an hour longer than a movie per book, I doubt that would be as much of a problem.
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Re: Poll: Films, television series, or both?

Postby Col Klink » Oct 26, 2018 9:36 am

For instance, if we get a really expansive adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and we have lots of time to spend with the characters, soak up the atmosphere, et cetera, then galloping through The Horse and His Boy at breakneck speed — comparatively speaking — could end up feeling unsatisfying.


Well, FWIW, The Horse and his Boy is one of the ones I was imagining as a miniseries if they mixed and matched.

My only big concern is that they will try too hard to make these a "universe" and make the narratives connect and flow into each other. The Marvel movies often focus so much on setting the stage for future movies that it harms the present movie. Just tell seven great stories! Don't fixate on setting up the next thing.


I'm a little worried about that too. I wonder if they're more likely to do that with a movie series or a TV series. If I knew that, it'd also impact my preference.
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