Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Picture Book Edition)

Hi, everybody welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf where we review any and all books written by, about and inspired by CS Lewis, the Land of Narnia and the Inklings. For today’s review we will be looking at The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (Picture Book Edition.)


Title: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe  (Picture Book Edition.)

Adapted by: Hiawyn Oram

Illustrated by: Tudor Humphries

Based on the novel The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis.


Cover for The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe storybook

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN-10: 0060556501

ISBN 13: 9780060556501


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Ben Barnes talks Narnia in New Interview

Ben Barnes in By the GunMovie news website Rama’s Screen had the opportunity to interview Ben Barnes about his new movie, By the Gun. During the interview, he was asked about the Narnia films. Here’s what he said:

Rama’s SCREEN: I don’t know if you know this but they’re working on adapting the next Narnia movie, “The Silver Chair,” so are you going to be a part of that?

Ben Barnes: “I have no idea. I haven’t spoken to anyone about it. I know in “Silver Chair” casting is much older, I think he’s in his seventies by that point. I know they have brilliant people working prosthetics but I don’t know if that’s even possible but I haven’t spoken to anyone about it, I don’t know what phase that’s at.”

Rama’s SCREEN: So did you think “Dawn Treader” was a good exit, if it was an exit, for your character, Prince Caspian?

Ben Barnes: “‘Dawn Treader’ is actually my favorite one actually, of the three. It was the book that I was most obsessed with when I was younger, I loved the parables within it, the little stories, the little messages in them. And I think it’s fun, it’s very colorful. Ya, that was a good worthy adaptation of that book.”

Read the rest of the interview at Rama’s Screen

Outside the Wardrobe Reviews: Unbroken

UnbrokenWelcome to Outside the Wardrobe Reviews, where we take a look at a recent movie that isn’t set in or around the world of Narnia. I was asked to write my thoughts on a recent movie called Unbroken. It is a film based on the life of Louis Zamperini. It was directed by Angelina Jolie.

This film is not for very young children, as it is quite intense at times, and it deals with themes that aren’t appropriate for the very young. You see, Louie Zamperini was an Olympian who wound up fighting in World War II. During that time he wound up floating in the ocean for over forty days on a life raft. During this portion of the movie, I thought that was all that the movie would be about, as it lasted a very long time.  But the movie goes further into the story, as Zamperini and another soldier are rescued from the ocean… and promptly imprisoned by the Japanese Navy who found them.

This is not the feel good movie that it’s advertised to be. The ads show a lot of Olympics and training, but all of that happens within the first third of the movie. They’re used as flashbacks during that part of the movie, but after the flashbacks stopped, I found myself wishing there were more during the rest of the movie. This is especially true as it feels like we’re watching scene after scene of Zamperini being beaten, either by those running the concentration camp, or a time they forced all of the other prisoners to punch Louis in the face, one by one.

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How should Narnia come back to the big screen?

Narnia MoviesMovies take a very long time to produce. Now that David Magee is working on the screenplay for The Silver Chair, we are hoping for a return in live-action. But is this the best solution for The Chronicles of Narnia?

I think that Narnia might be better suited to another format. One that isn’t contingent on the ages of the actors playing the roles. The rate at which the Narnia movies would need to be released in order to properly portray the actors at the correct ages would be much too fast unless they decided to put together teams to each handle the various books in the series.

Option #1: Animated.

If it’s animated, the characters can be played by just about anyone, and if the actors are children, they can fairly easily re-cast if they need to. And if they have all of the scripts locked early enough, they could have all of the dialog recorded years and years in advance of the animation being finished. Plus, with animation they aren’t limited with what they can accomplish.

Plus, it would be fairly unprecedented to have an animated film series go seven movies long. It would be an expensive gambit, but it could pay off.

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Carlton Cuse compares ‘Lost’ to Narnia novels

LostCarlton Cuse, the exec producer and co-writer of Lost, has claimed that it is “inevitable” that the show will return in some form in the future. He also compares the story structure to Narnia. Interestingly, there are a lot of Narnia inspired things in the show. A character named Charlotte Staples Lewis is one of the more obvious references.

“Disney owns the franchise, it made them a lot of money, it’s hard to imagine it will just sit there idly forever,” he said.

“Damon (Lindelof) and I told our story in that world and I assume someone will come along, hopefully having been inspired by our story, or our version of the story, and want to tell their own story.

“It’s like the Narnia chronicles. There are seven books, they were all written by CS Lewis, but they all visit Narnia at different times and different configurations and different ways.

“Someone is going to come up with a way to tell another Lost story. I think it’s inevitable. I don’t know what it is or how it would work, but I can’t imagine something else won’t be done with the franchise.”

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2014 C.S. Lewis Festival Focus on “A Quest for Meaning”

A Quest for Meaning  NARNIA (2014)October 24th kicks off this year’s weekend for the C.S. Lewis Festival that is now celebrating it’s twelfth year in  Petoskey, Michigan. There theme, “A Quest for Meaning” was chosen because they will have an advanced screening of a new documentary film about “myth, imagination and faith in the lives & literature of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.” This will take place a Petoskey Middle School Auditorium at 7:30 PM on the 24th (Friday night). This is a free event, but most of the other events are not.

On Saturday, October 25th they will have four sessions as part of a “Saturday Seminar” (click here for pricing details). It runs from 9 o’clock until 3 in the afternoon and includes a questions and answers panel discussion with Chip Duncan (one of the filmmakers of “A Quest for Meaning,” and scholars Dr. Verlyn Flieger and Dr. Peter Schakel. Each of these guest will also have their own session. All of these events are held at the North Central Michigan College Library Conference Center.

Among other happenings going on at this annual event is a presentation of Narnia: The Musical. It takes place on the evening of October 25th and afternoon of the 26th. Get ticket information for this and other events by visiting CSLewisFestival.org.


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 & Lewis – The 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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