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.

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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

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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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.

Enter Here

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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! 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.

“It’s really hard to choose, “said our source, Merv Ambrose, an Assistant Casting director. “They have all given excellent auditions. It may come down to flipping a coin to decide! We may even put it to a fan vote.” Read the rest of this entry »

From Book to Screenplay to Movie Novelization – A Great Idea or Too Controversial?

I wrote this article about two years ago, but decided not to publish it then, because of the reaction from a few people. I decided that it’s time to publish it, however. Over the past few months I’ve been thinking about this concept.  It’s actually something that has been rolling around in my head for many years, but I’ve always known how people would react to it.  The response would be extremely negative.  In fact, when I posted this article in a pair of groups on Facebook to get feedback, that’s exactly the response that I got.  One person called the mere idea a travesty.  Much discussion followed, and I’ve heard the most negative of reactions to this idea possible.  To those that will, inevitably, also hate this idea: you have been heard.  Take comfort in the fact that this project is only in my own mind, and not something that I expect to ever actually come to fruition.

The idea resurfaced when I saw a book on the shelves at Barnes & Noble.  The book was John Carter: The Movie Novelization.  It’s a very thick book that is 555 pages long and is based on the motion picture screenplay.  On the inside of the book it says the following:

John Carter: The Movie Novelization by Stuart Moore, based on the screenplay by Andrew Stanton & Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon, based on the story A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Also includes: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

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Will Poulter wins 2014 EE Rising Star Award at BAFTAs

Will PoulterI know we’re a little late in reporting this, but better late than never.  Congratulations are in order, as Will Poulter, who played Eustace in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, has been awarded the EE Rising Star Award.  The EE Rising Star Award is the only BAFTA accolade voted for by the public and is designed to reward exceptional emerging talent.

Poulter beat Dane DeHaan, George MacKay, Lupita Nyong’o and Léa Seydoux in the public vote.

Spencer McHugh, Director of Brand at EE, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the British public has chosen Will Poulter as their winner. With the award now in its 9th year we have seen a record response from the voting public, which is testament to the immense talent recognised in the EE Rising Star category this year. Congratulations to Will, a much-deserved winner.”

Pippa Harris, Deputy Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee and Chair of the Jury for the EE Rising Star Award, added: “This year has been a fantastic year for emerging film talent and all the nominees clearly have star quality. Congratulations to Will Poulter, I hope this award marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in his career.”