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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Jack and Tollers, a film about C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, is On the Way

Jack and TollersWe’ve heard some very good news this week.  There is, in fact, a film about C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien coming in the very near future.

Written by Darren Jacobs and Dr. Louis Markos, this is a film that has been planned for many years.  It’s a dream project for everyone involved, and they want to make the best movie possible.  One that captures the friendship of these two writers in a very real way.

Here’s a description from their Indiegogo campaign page.

Many know that C.S. Lewis wrote THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA.  Most know J.R.R.Tolkien wrote THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Each of these series have sold more than 100 million copies, translated into dozens of languages and enjoyed the world over in cinema.

What most do not know is that Lewis and Tolkien were close friends. Their unique friendship, one that was turbulent, supportive, joyous and raucous, helped create two of the most iconic stories of the 20th century.

JACK AND TOLLERS is the true story of the friendship of Lewis and Tolkien.  It will give you a glimpse into the souls of these incredible Men of Letters. Until now, there has never been a major motion picture depicting their unique friendship.  For the global fan base of both authors and indeed the fantasy genre itself, we are excited to
say that the time has come to move forward into production.

The movie is already funded, but they’re running the campaign so that fans like us can be a part of the movie, so let’s get behind it in a big way, and like their page, and share it.  Please do us a favor and like their page.

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C.S. Lewis Honored in Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey

C.S. Lewis in Poet's Corner at Westminster AbbeyThis story may be coming later than I intended, but we had personal family matters to attend to that took up all of our time for a while.  However, I feel that it’s an important one to report on anyway.  As Americans mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Christians worldwide are remembering a beloved and renowned defender of their faith who died the same day.

In London, Westminster Abbey held a service to dedicate a Memorial to C.S. Lewis, the writer, scholar, and apologist. It was led by The Dean of Westminster The Very Reverend Dr. John Hall.  Lewis joins writers such as Charles Dickens, Samuel Butler, Sir Walter Scott, Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte who have also been given memorials there.

Lewis died from renal failure on Nov. 22, 1963, a week shy of his 65th birthday.  Last Sunday, a commemorative service was held at Holy Trinity Church in Oxford, where Lewis worshiped for 30 years.

The engraving on the memorial reads: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

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Further Reading:

Westminster Abbey – C.S. Lewis

Westminster Abbey – Poet’s Corner

Never-before-seen Lewis Essay on Truth and Fiction saved from a Fire

Image and Imagination - C.S. LewisWe’re very excited about a new book full of the writings of C.S. Lewis.  Some of them have never been read by those that have studied the works of C.S. Lewis for many years.  Until now, they may have even thought they owned every available piece of C.S. Lewis’ writing.  Here we have an excerpt from the essay, which the book takes its’ name from: Image and Imagination (available in paperback and for Amazon Kindle).

This new publication from Cambridge University Press, meant to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis (22 November), is a collection of criticism and reviews by Lewis.  This essay was rescued from a fire at the Lewis family home, written in a ruled school notebook.  It was possibly intended for publication by T.S. Eliot in the Criterion.  It is an extraordinary rumination on the relationship between art and truth, literature and the imagination.

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C.S. Lewis Reviews “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings,” in Image and Imagination

Image and Imagination - C.S. LewisA new book published this week features reviews that C.S. Lewis wrote on J.R.R. Tolkien’s books The Hobbit and each part of The Lord of the Rings.  That book is called Image and Imagination.

This selection from the writings of C. S. Lewis gathers together forty book reviews, never before reprinted, as well as four major essays which have been unavailable for many decades. A fifth essay, ‘Image and Imagination,’ is published for the first time. Taken together, the collection presents some of Lewis’s finest literary criticism and religious exposition. The essays and reviews substantiate his reputation as an eloquent and authoritative critic across a wide range of literature, and as a keen judge of contemporary scholarship, while his reviews of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will be of additional interest to scholars and students of fantasy.

This book is available in paperback and for Amazon Kindle.

Here’s a short excerpt from Lewis’ review of The Hobbit to give you an idea of what you’ll find in this book:

Though all is marvellous, nothing is arbitrary: all the inhabitants of Wilderland seem to have the same unquestionable right to their existence as those of our own world, though the fortunate child who meets them will have no notion—and his unlearned elders not much more—of the deep sources in our blood and tradition from which they spring.

For it must be understood that this is a children’s book only in the sense that the first of many readings can be undertaken in the nursery. Alice is read gravely by children and with laughter by grown ups; The Hobbit, on the other hand, will be funnier to its youngest readers, and only years later, at a tenth or a twentieth reading, will they begin to realise what deft scholarship and profound reflection have gone to make everything in it so ripe, so friendly, and in its own way so true. Prediction is dangerous: but The Hobbit may well prove a classic.

Rostrevor was C.S. Lewis’ idea of Narnia, and it’s under spotlight during C.S. Lewis 50th anniversary

Rostrevor - NarniaHave you ever wondered where, in the world, you could go to see what Narnia might have looked like to C.S. Lewis?  We’ve seen spectacular vistas in the films, to be sure, but those views were based on locations scouted for filming.  Personally, I have never seen these quotes from C.S. Lewis, but he has mentioned what his ideas of the look of Narnia were like.

“I have seen landscapes, notably in the Mourne Mountains and southwards which under a particular light made me feel that at any moment a giant might raise his head over the next ridge.”  He continues, “That part of Rostrevor which overlooks Carlingford Lough is my idea of Narnia.”  And finally, “I yearn to see County Down in the snow; one almost expects to see a march of dwarfs dashing past. How I long to break into a world where such things were true.”

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World Premiere of Max McLean’s play The Great Divorce Set for Herberger Theater Center

C.S. Lewis - The Great Divorce with Max McLeanMax McLean, Artistic Director of Fellowship for the Performing Arts, announces that the World Premiere of C.S. Lewis’ THE GREAT DIVORCE will be presented at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., in Phoenix, in a limited engagement from Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 22, 2013. This journey to Heaven and Hell is a provocative exploration of human nature, featuring vivid characters drawn with Lewis’ trademark wit. THE GREAT DIVORCE National Tour will visit cities including Birmingham, Kansas City, Charlotte, Charleston, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, and Columbus in 2014.

Fellowship for the Performing Arts also produces the nationally acclaimed hit THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, which will soon enter its fourth year after appearing in over 50 major cities throughout the United States. Over 350,000 theatergoers have seen THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS on tour and in successful sit-down productions in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Following the overwhelming success of THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, McLean conceived the idea to adapt THE GREAT DIVORCE for the stage.

“This is Lewis at his imaginative best,” says Max McLean. In THE GREAT DIVORCE, several of Lewis’ most provocative characters take a bus ride from Hell to Paradise. But the bizarre question the play asks is: Will they really like it? Will they prefer Hell to Heaven?

Three actors transform into over a dozen different personality types to tell this fantastical morality tale about good and evil. On the bus is a man who is going to demand his ‘rights’, a woman who can’t stop grumbling, a gentleman who ‘likes’ Heaven but staying there means giving up his precious pet lizard, and a world traveler who believes Heaven and Hell are just a propaganda stunt run by the same people. As each ghost is welcomed by a celestial spirit, the choice of staying or going back brings vivid clarity to the “great divorce” between Heaven and Hell.

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HarperCollins selling Narnia and C.S. Lewis e-books at CSLewis.com and Narnia.com

Narnia E-BooksAccenture today announced that working in partnership with other vendors, it has built and will operate an end-to-end e-commerce and direct to consumer distribution solution for HarperCollins Publishers e-books globally. The project will commence with the launch of HarperCollins’ www.CSLewis.com and www.Narnia.com today, with Accenture supporting future efforts as they develop.

HarperCollins will sell e-books using innovative technology from Accenture. Accenture’s Digital Content Solution will provide a number of capabilities and tools that will allow HarperCollins and its authors to experiment with direct sales to a global audience of readers.

In the case of C.S. Lewis, HarperCollins will now be able to digitally store and distribute the e-books in its catalogue directly to the consumer. It will also have the tools to analyze all online purchase data, which will lead to expanded decision-making capabilities. This e-commerce approach will be extended in time to other HarperCollins online properties.

“Combining Accenture’s suite of digital delivery and analytics capabilities with HarperCollins’ traditional strengths of content acquisition, editing, marketing and distribution, will position HarperCollins as a digital innovator with the tools to evolve its digital strategy. HarperCollins’ increased commitment to the digital value chain gives it a unique edge in attracting writing talent and driving growth in an expanding e-publishing market,” said Thomas Grayson, managing director, Accenture Digital Services.

“The publishing industry is undergoing a technological transformation unparalleled in our 200 year history,” said Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer, HarperCollins. “Launching a platform that allows HarperCollins to establish a direct-to-consumer marketing and sales proposition to expand some of its strongest brands to new audiences means we honor both our past and our present.”

Belfast Cathedral to Celebrate Lewis’ Legacy with C.S. Lewis’ Chapter One

C.S. Lewis in 1906The Cathedral Church of St. Anne, Belfast is going to celebrate Lewis’ Legacy this November.  From the PDF:

“All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” (The Last Battle)

To mark fifty years since the Belfast born story- telling scholar, teacher and Christian apologist began what he called Chapter One of the Great Story. Whatever age you are why not visit Belfast Cathedral and record in a specially provided book how you have been influenced by his writings and his stories.

The Book will be available in the Cathedral from Friday 22nd November the date of his death to Friday 29th November his birthday.

Groups are welcome please arrange in advance with mary@belfastcathedral.org

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CBC Radio show Ideas airs two part series on C.S. Lewis and The Inklings

The InklingsThe CBC radio show “Ideas” ran a two part series on C.S Lewis and the Inklings.

In the first podcast Frank Faulk explores the early life of C.S. Lewis, and the experiences that would shape him on his journey to becoming one of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers and writers on Christianity.  In part two Faulk looks at C.S. Lewis’s conversion from atheism to Christianity, and his deep friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield and Charles Williams; who were the core of the legendary literary group The Inklings at Oxford University. They were united by a love of myth and the belief that it is through the imagination that reality is illuminated.

You can download Part One and Part Two here.  It may only be available for six months.

Part 1 runs 00:53:59. Part 2 runs 00:54:00.