Greta Gerwig’s upcoming project, a new movie series based on “The Chronicle of Narnia,” will be released after “Barbie,” which has recently been released in theaters. According to EW, the director is “terrified” of the challenge, which she perceives as a positive aspect.
“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,” Gerwig said on the Total Film podcast. “I think when I’m scared, it’s always a good sign. Maybe when I stop being scared, it’ll be like, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t do that one.’ No, I’m terrified of it. It’s extraordinary. And it’s exciting.”
@PopBase posted a tweet about Greta Gerwig’s upcoming project “Chronicles of Narnia” reboot a perfect blend of fear and excitement, received over 23K likes.
#Barbie director Greta Gerwig on her next project being the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ reboot:
“I’m properly scared of it, which feels like a good place to start. I think when I’m scared, it’s always a good sign.” pic.twitter.com/9xEvzkEZFy
— Pop Base (@PopBase) July 21, 2023
The seven-book series adapted by C.S. Lewis for Netflix may not be what many people would anticipate Gerwig to take on as her upcoming endeavor. After all, she is the filmmaker behind “Ladybird” and “Little Women.” But like “Barbie,” Gerwig wants her filmography to grow significantly beyond people’s expectations of her.“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,” she further said. “I want to do big things and small things and everywhere in between, and having another big canvas is exciting and also daunting.”
But what happens when a large canvas becomes too large for Gerwig? The filmmaker joked, “Oh my god,” when the hosts of the Total Film podcast asked her if she would ever consider working on a “James Bond” film. We’re going to just stick with some lions and some dolls for the moment.” But Gerwig won’t totally elaborate on the idea. “You never know. I really like [Bond producer] Barbara Broccoli, so.”
However, “The Chronicles Of Narnia” comes before any potential Bond films directed by Gerwig. In 2018, Netflix revealed the adaptation of the series. For those who haven’t read Lewis’s books, the series revolves around four British children who enter a magical alternate reality that is home to magic, witches, mystical creatures, and more. But the books have already been adapted several times by Disney, starting with 2005’s “The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe,” 2008’s “Prince Caspian” and 2010’s “The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader” most recently. And now, it’s Gerwig’s turn to adapt the series, but it doesn’t look for her to begin serious development until the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes are over.
But in the meantime, there’s a “Barbie,” which, based on early reviews, looks like it is destined to become the summer movie of 2023. Before considering her next project, let Grewig enjoy her great pink success.