‘Barbie’ Director Greta Gerwig on Why She’s “terrified” of Directing the Narnia Movies For Netflix

Published 07/21/2023, 10:30 PM EDT

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Greta Gerwig is ready for her blockbuster weekend with the film Barbie, which is now showing in theaters. Margot Robbie plays Barbie and Ryan Gosling portrays Ken in Gerwig’s interpretation of Mattel’s iconic fashion doll. After months of hype and build-up, audiences are ready to be thrilled by her vibrant and hilarious depiction of Barbie Land, where everyone is happy.

After Barbie, Gerwig will be directing at least two movies based on C. S. Lewis’ Narnia books for Netflix. However, she revealed feeling “terrified” about taking on these projects. And it is not without reason.

Barbie Director opens up about her fears and hopes for the new Netflix Narnia movies

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Greta Gerwig’s Barbie wardrobe now opens up straight to the magical world of Narnia. A big responsibility lies upon her as she is set to revive the enchanted realms of Narnia. If everything goes right, she will be the first female director to bring Narnia to life. However, with Netflix having her on board, she is a tad bit “scared” if she will live up to expectations.

The magical Narnia is where talking animals coexist with mythical creatures all under the rule of a majestic lion named Aslan who stands as the true king. The last film adaptations of this world by Walden Media along with Disney and Fox started with the hit The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005 and went on to make over $745 million dollars.

In an interview with the Inside Total Film podcast, Gerwig openly admits to feeling “scared” and “terrified” about taking on this challenge. The Lady Bird director is a fan of Narnia and feels responsible to honor Lewis’ legacy while making a fresh adaptation for fans. Now, she looks to create characters with intriguing plots and unexpected twists that will keep audiences hooked. And that is no easy feat to achieve.

The director is thrilled about the opportunity to bring her unique vision with a new cast to the Narnia movies. “It’s extraordinary,” she remarked. Gerwig aims not only to introduce a new generation of fans to the wonders of Narnia but also to reignite the magic for those who have cherished it for years.

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Greta Gerwig has left her mark on her stories, infusing them with humor, vibrant colors, and relatability. However, taking on the role of Narnia presents a whole new set of challenges compared to directing Barbie. Narnia isn’t a simple story; it’s an entire world that demands careful handling. Moreover, Gerwig will need to collaborate with Netflix, which has its unique vision and expectations. The previous two Narnia movies, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, adapted by Disney and Fox, deviated from the books. The movies lost some of the enchantment and awe that characterized Narnia by delving into darker and more violent tones. This led to disappointment among fans who gradually lost interest in the franchise.

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Gerwig must avoid repeating these mistakes while bringing a fresh perspective into the upcoming Narnia movies. She needs to breathe life into this magical world for both existing fans and newcomers alike. Striking a balance between fantasy and reality adventure and drama humor and emotion will be crucial for success. Additionally, her work has the potential to inspire a generation of storytellers who share her passion for Narnia. The Little Women director’s success could repeat with Narnia if Netflix doesn’t interfere with her vision.

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Do you think that Greta Gerwig will go on to deliver a Narnia sensation? What are your reviews on her Barbie project? Let us know in the comments below.

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Imteshal Karim

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Imteshal Karim is a Hollywood News reporter at NetflixJunkie. With a penchant for writing in multiple forms, he is a published writer with his works published in anthologies. A star at his college’s writing competitions, he loves telling a good story and hopes to tell impactful ones about the unexplored side of the Entertainment industry.

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