A series AND feature films on Netflix?

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Re: A series AND feature films on Netflix?

Postby fledge1 » Oct 05, 2018 9:10 am

I think my biggest concern other then them straying far from the books is that they make it a family series or whatever. I want to be able to enjoy this with my kids as well. Not saying it has to be childish or cheesy, but I hope they dont turn it to "grown up" type. If they do this correctly and market it smart, Narnia could finally get the recognition it deserves. Even think of the merchandise that could follow. I am hopeful and excited!
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Re: A series AND feature films on Netflix?

Postby narnia fan 7 » Oct 05, 2018 11:05 am

Impending Doom wrote:Why would Gresham sign-off on this if it meant creating new material? How little faith do you have in the man? ;)

I have a tremendous amount of respect for Gresham and I know he cares a great deal about preserving his stepfather's legacy and making sure any adaptations of Lewis' work is as true to the source material as possible. But I don't completely trust that he's a safety net against that kind of thing.

I don't think we can be 100% certain that Gresham would never go along with a spinoff type of thing. I'll agree that on the surface it doesn't seem like the kind of thing he would sign off on. But who knows, perhaps if some producer convinced him to do it, he would. Maybe this is just my fears talking, I would love to be wrong about this.

If Netflix is just exclusively adapting the books, then I'm sort of baffled as to what exactly their plan is. Personally I don't think it makes much sense to adapt some books as films, and others as shows. To me the idea sounds more like a gimmick, and less like a decision made from a creative viewpoint.
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Re: A series AND feature films on Netflix?

Postby The Rose-Tree Dryad » Oct 05, 2018 9:12 pm

I'm kind of wondering if this series and movies idea is really just a budget management strategy. They can constrain the stories that are more CGI-heavy into the shorter runtime of a movie, whereas they can extend the less expensive stories into series. If money is an issue, though, I wish they'd just wait until the CGI catches up with the demands of the stories instead of taking a disjointed creative approach.

GymFan15 wrote:It's a business thing. The more positive feedback and buzz that can be generated, the easier it's going to be for Netflix to approve funding, hire people, etc.


You could be right, and maybe they're just trying to talk a big game at this point to compete with the likes of Amazon and LotR. Still, it seems like they'd be better off just talking about an "expansive" project, a multi-year deal, lots of money poured into it, et cetera, instead of making these strong statements about making both films and series. We'll see.

... I wonder how long we'll have to wait before we get any of these questions answered. ;))
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Re: A series AND feature films on Netflix?

Postby The Rose-Tree Dryad » Oct 07, 2018 12:58 pm

Doubleposting because a) it's been 24 hours, and b) Reepicheep775's post here got me thinking.

Caspian's adventures in PC are set apart from the rest of the story and difficult to incorporate for that reason (especially in a movie adaptation)... is it possible the filmmakers are considering turning those Caspian chapters into a movie that's released before the PC series is kicked off? Similar to a HHB movie set within a LWW series?

Could that explain the "multiple productions" and "series and films" comments? Sometimes with television shows, especially animated series, you'll see episodes grouped together so that they create a sort of "mini-movie" within the show, so this wouldn't be a huge leap, but still, I think it would be breaking new ground on television. I need to go back and look at the Caspian chapters to see if this could even work...
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Re: A series AND feature films on Netflix?

Postby The Rose-Tree Dryad » Nov 12, 2018 9:10 pm

*cough* Annnd we're going for the triple-post, folks. :P ;))

Sorry, but there's something that's been percolating in my mind for a while and I wanted to share it. One thing that I found out when I was on a research binge about Entertainment One a while back was that some of their biggest successes are preschool age animated shows like Peppa Pig and PJ Masks. Knowing now that they're definitely moving forward with live-action movies but also knowing that they (at the very least) have some ideas in mind for television series at some point... is it possible they are considering an animated series for young children? It seems unlikely to me, but I know it's a genre that eOne has a lot of confidence and success with, and frankly... it's a little too easy for me to imagine "Little Reepicheep and Friends" on the small screen. :|
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