January 13, 2005

Speaking of Cherished Books and Movies

Do you think these are the faces of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy?


NarniaWeb is watching the development of the new movie version of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (set for release next Christmas) and snagged this pic of the future Kings and Queens of Narnia.

Frankly, I'm moderately hopeful about this production. At least visually, it seems to have the goods. I think the kids look okay, but Tilda Swinton strikes me as damn' near perfect for the White Witch. (Had Nichole Kidman got the part, as was rumored was going to happen, I would have refused point-blank to see the movie.)

As for authenticity, well, who knows. But here's what NarniaWeb has to say about one important question:

Is this going to be a secularized Hollywood version or will C.S. Lewis’ Christian themes stay intact?
It’s no secret that C.S. Lewis was an outspoken Christian and his faith was woven throughout everything he wrote. Narnia is no exception and much of the stories are allegorical in nature. Will Hollywood have its way and strip out Lewis’ spiritual messages? Not so, promises Douglas Gresham, co-producer and stepson of Lewis himself. A committed Christian, Gresham has vowed not to “change the words of the master.” Indeed, Walden Media itself has a track record of family-friendly films so it seems that the film will be in good hands. Many are concerned that Disney's influence will water down the Christian themes which run through the Narnia stories, but it's important to remember that Walden Media is ultimately in charge of the film, not Disney.

Go on over and browse around to find out more.

Posted by Robert at January 13, 2005 01:21 PM

dude, think about it. Kidman would work because she's so beautiful and seductive. and we've all seen that gleam in her eye - the "we both know that you should run, run now! but we both know you won't" gleam. now that's evil. that was one part of the book I always struggled with: if she was a witch, a bad bad woman, how was the boy fooled? was it a commentary on how far astray children (and by extension, childish adults) will go and what they will overlook when they are being peevish? the turkish delight thing didn't help - I don't know what that is... but I agree, the photo looks promising, and I am now looking forward to the project.

ps I hope you took the llama-ettes to see Finding Neverland. one of the best movies ever. and I don't care for Peter Pan as a children's story at all, so I think that's saying something.

Posted by: tee bee at January 14, 2005 12:00 PM

The kids look great. And it's, um, nice to hear that whole freaking point of the stories - the Christian allegories - won't be removed to make it all nice and "Hollywoodized" (shudder).

Posted by: Kimberly at January 14, 2005 01:51 PM

Turkish Delight is a confection, a jelly candy flavored with fruit or rosewater, often laden with nuts, and covered in powdered sugar. Iff you've had applets or cotlets, that's pretty much Turkish Delight.

Posted by: Brian B at January 14, 2005 02:26 PM

applets and cotlets? yuk. that kid was rooked.

Posted by: tee bee at January 15, 2005 02:03 PM

Who will play the witch? will it be a natural like HILLARY CLINTON? or JESSICA LANGE? or who ever they come out with or can find

Posted by: mad heron at January 19, 2005 10:09 AM

hi.....do you realise that NarniaWeb were asked by Disney to take that picture off the site? You aren't allowed to have it..

Posted by: Linny at May 10, 2005 03:29 AM
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