Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: ImagiNation Unveiled: The Hidden Realm by Judy Probus

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf, the official NarniaFans book reviews where we review any and all books by, about, and inspired by CS Lewis, the Land of Narnia and the Inklings. For today’s review we will be looking at the brand new fantasy novel ImagiNation Unveiled: The Hidden Realm by Judy Probus!

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Narnia exec Mark Joseph producing a Tolkien & Lewis Movie

Tolkien & LewisOver the last few years, there have been many starts and stops for movies based on the life of J.R.R. Tolkien, including some that focus on his friendship with Narnia writer C.S. Lewis. There are currently at least two Tolkien movies that seem to be nearing production, with at least two more that I know are in varying stages of development. There’s also a TV series that is currently being written. Yep, that’s four different movies and a television series about Tolkien.

Tolkien & LewisThe story centers on Tolkien’s relationship with his University of Oxford colleague C.S. Lewis, whom Tolkien, a devout Catholic, converted to Christianity. The formerly agnostic Lewis’ newfound faith infused his most popular books, including The Chronicles of Narnia series, while Lewis in turn encouraged Tolkien to finish hisThe Lord of the Rings volumes, which were decades in the making. Much of the movie takes place at the beginning of World War II, when Tolkien, a veteran of World War I, is haunted by memories of his fallen friends. Meanwhile, Lewis’ growing fame as an untrained theologian strains his relationship with Tolkien and his university job. Tolkien & Lewis producers include Mark Joseph (ReaganMax Rose), Mark Cooper(Chocolat), Jib Polhemus (The Mechanic), Charles Moore (The Eagle) and Wernher Pramschufer. (via) It is an $18 million drama, and will be produced by UK-based production outfit Attractive Films and directed by Simon West, known for The Expendables 2Con Air, and a certain Rick Astley music video.

Mark Joseph, a producer on Tolkien & Lewis, was also an exec for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005).

Tolkien (Working Title) – The Tolkien project is being put together at studio Fox Searchlight by producer Peter Chernin of Chernin Entertainment, which has brought films such as The Heat and Rise of the Planet of the Apes to cinemas in recent years. It will follow in the celluloid footsteps of films such as the Oscar-nominated 2004 J.M. Barrie biopic Finding Neverland, which told the story of the creator of Peter Pan, and this year’s London film festival hit Saving Mr. Banks, which chronicled the history of the spiky inventor of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers, and her tussles with Walt Disney over the film adaptation of her book. (via)

I’m not sure of the progress of the other three projects, at this point. These two look closest to production at this point.

 

Death of C.S. Lewis Scholar Dr. Christopher Mitchell

Christopher Mitchell4Many of you will likely not recognize the name of Dr. Christopher Mitchell who died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 10, 2014. He was a very humble gentleman who tended to focus on encouraging the work of others than making sure you knew his name.

Last year he joined the Torrey Honors Institute of Biola University to teach there after being the Director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College in Illinois for nearly 20 years (learn more about the Wade by listening to this interview from All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast).

Wheaton Bible Church will be having a Memorial Service on Friday evening, July 18th. The service is at 7 o’clock with visitation from 3-7 p.m. Another Memorial Service is will be at Grace EV Free Church in La Mirada on Sunday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m.

If you knew him, or had been touch by his life in same way, you can express your thoughts on a special Facebook page created to honor is legacy. Additionally a special podcast was recently posted at All About Jack featuring several friends of Dr. Mitchell reflecting on the impact his life had on them.

Name the Lady of the Green Kirtle for The Silver Chair Movie!

The Silver Chair ContestNarnia.com has updated today with a contest. They’re looking for a name for the Lady of the Green Kirtle for the next Chronicles of Narnia movie, The Silver Chair.

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Tilda Swinton wants to return to Narnia in ‘The Magican’s Nephew’

Tilda SwintonAs we all know, the Mark Gordon Company is currently adapting The Silver Chair as the fourth Narnia movie. However, someone that was a major part of the first Narnia film, with minor appearances in both of the sequels, wants back in.

During an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit, Swinton was asked if she would reprise her role in any sequels. She answered:

I have always hoped that there would be the chance to make THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW.. the prequel to THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE – such a fantastic story.. the creation of Narnia and the Witch driving a coach and four horses around Victorian London at breakneck speed.. but no word as yet.. let’s cross our fingers..

Count us among those that want to see that happen sooner rather than later. I’m hopeful that this doesn’t lead to her playing the role of the Lady of the Green Kirtle in The Silver Chair, but who knows.

Narnia Screenwriter’s Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely talk Silver Chair

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeelyChristopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were the screenwriters on the first three Narnia movies. They were replaced during pre-production on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which lead to their work on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having written Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. They’ve already been signed to write Captain America 3, and may also work on the Agent Carter miniseries that could come to TV in the mid-season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

They spoke with SuperheroHype, who asked about The Silver Chair, even though Markus and McFeely are not writing the screenplay.

SHH: Before you guys go, I want to quickly ask about “Chronicles of Narnia,” because I’m a huge fan of the books. Do you think there’s a future for the movies as a franchise at this point and are you still involved at all?
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APRIL FOOLS! 2014. “Yowza!”

Well folks, another April Fools has come and gone. It’s time to put aside our mirth and silliness and get back to business. I hope you all enjoyed the jokes this year and got a good laugh, joke, or chuckle out of them. I also hope you didn’t read them too early in the morning. As is evident by most of the comments, you guys are getting good at this! Some are even sharing them with others! Note: No Current or Former Disney Channel Stars were harmed in the making of these jokes.

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APRIL FOOLS! Breaking News! Lady Gaga to play The Lady of the Green Kirtle APRIL FOOLS!

The Lady of the Green Kirtle ,or the Emerald Witch,  is probably the second most popular character in CS Lewis beloved Narnian Chronicles. Since the news of Narnia films was first announced fans have wondered who would play her .Would they hire a different actress or just have Tilda Swinton play the role? Well, NarniaFans Spy “Sir GooGoo” ,a source close to the production just who may be playing the character. Lady Gaga, one of the music industry’s most popular and polarizing performers Lady Gaga is “in final negotiations” to play the Emerald Witch in the upcoming adaptation of CS Lewis’ The Silver Chair.

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APRIL FOOLS! Breaking News! Dr. Who Alums to Enter Narnia! APRIL FOOLS!

Fans of the classic BBC Narnia movies will be glad to know that keeping in line with the originals, three former Dr. Whos are in talks for playing the fan favorite Marshwiggle, Puddleglum. Actors Christopher Eccleston ( Heroes, Thor: The Dark World) , David Tennant ( Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire), and Matt Smith are all in consideration for the roll of the lovable wet blanket.

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Georgie Henley (Lucy Pevensie) in Perfect Sisters (2014)

Perfect SistersNot a news about The Chronicles of Narnia or C.S. Lewis but it’s a news that fans of the Narnia films might know. Lucy Pevensie or Georgie Henley in real life returns to the big screen with this new horror, crime and drama film, Perfect Sisters.

Perfect Sisters gets a release date and it will be released this April 11, 2014. The film was said to be released last 2012 but was postponed to 2013 but now, we finally got a release date however it is not clear if it will be released worldwide. To add, the film was released in Canada for a private showing before. The movie stars Georgie Henley (Lucy Pevensie in the Chronicles of Narnia) and Abigail Breslin.

A few days ago, Yahoo Movies just released an article stating that the film finally gets a trailer! As most of us know, many fans of both Henley and Breslin are really waiting for the movie trailer and of course for the release date. The trailer is short and it is likely a teaser trailer.

The film is different from the past roles that Georgie Henley played in The Chronicles of Narnia. Well, we will see her in a different role and character in this film, a film which is about crime and drama. It is based on a true story, 2 sisters planned to finish their mother’s life. More information about the film here on IMDB.

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