The Magician’s Nephew (status unknown)

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Status currently unknown

Future Narnia TV series & film information

Writer(s): C.S. Lewis, Matthew Aldrich

Director(s): Joe Johnston?

Producer(s): Douglas Gresham, Mark Gordon, Vincent Sieber

Starring: TBA

Plot Synopsis: 
The first installment in the Narnia saga that’s to be connected somehow to the Netflix Narnia series.

The Chronicles of Narnia, Season 1 (status unknown)

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Status currently unknown

Future Narnia TV series & film information

Writer(s): C.S. Lewis, Matthew Aldrich

Director(s): Joe Johnston?

Producer(s): Douglas Gresham, Mark Gordon, Vincent Sieber

Starring: TBA

Plot Synopsis: 
A series highlighting the contents of C.S. Lewis’ famous The Chronicles of Narnia book series. It is rumored that some of the episodes will be live action, while others will be animated. Netflix plans to build a Narnia universe with Lewis’ books, it is rumored that this adaption will be darker than previous versions.

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

 

Who doesn’t love a great C. S. Lewis novel?  The Screwtape Letters is one of his most beloved novels outside of the Chronicles of Narnia.  It’s also one of the most unique novels of its time, so why haven’t we seen a movie made about it yet?  Here’s hoping one day we do!

 

The Screwtape Letters tells the story of Wormwood and Screwtape, two demons who are charged with tempting humans to do various things that will either prevent their salvation or hinder their work for God.  Wormwood is tasked with preventing the salvation of one individual in World War II era England, and his uncle demon Screwtape writes him letters throughout to advise him on this work.  Though the letters are only from Screwtape’s point of view, it makes for a very interesting and entertaining read.

 

Granted, this would be a very unique movie and would require some creative license on the part of the screenwriters.  Nobody wants to see a demon writing letters the whole time, after all.  What if this potential film portrayed the human characters in their everyday settings as the invisible characters (demons and angels) looked on.  The letters between from Screwtape to Wormwood could be voiceover as the human characters go about their lives.  Furthermore, the message of this plot is very profound and needs to be told in the context of a film.

 

One potential issue with this idea is that a lot of dialogue between the humans would have to be invented and extrapolated from the original novel.  Content beyond the letter writing would have included, and it would be best if the spiritual elements were not portrayed as creepy or bizarre like too many movies do.  However, I believe it is definitely possible to bring this story to the big screen because this is a story that many Christians need to see.  Maybe one day, after The Silver Chair is finally made, Douglas Gresham will allow a screenwriter to take a stab at The Screwtape Letters 😉

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe [2005] (Movie Review)

Plot Summary

Torn from their parents and hometown due to the rage of World War II, the Pevensie siblings must make their new home in the mansion of an eccentric elderly man and stay out of the way of his picky housekeeper.  Little did Lucy Pevensie know that choosing to hide in a wardrobe during a game of hide and seek would give her entrance to a mystical world called Narnia.  After meeting a new friend, Mr. Tumnus, Lucy soon discovers that all is not well in this land where winter is year-round.  After being mistreated by her brother Edmund, who also found his way into Narnia, the four siblings are forced to enter through the wardrobe, and are surprised to find that the creatures of Narnia have been awaiting their arrival, along with the coming of a legendary lion named Aslan.  Together, the siblings must band together and dig deep in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy and to save an entire land.

 

Production Quality (2.5 points)

As is to be expected from the production crews involved, the production is professional and obviously well-funded.  The classic children’s series from C. S. Lewis was long awaiting a high quality rendition, and it was providence that his stepson Douglas Gresham was allowed to be an executive producer, so to preserve the original intent of Lewis’ work.  The camera work is great, as are the video and sound quality.  Fantasy productions are expensive and hard to do well due to difficult sets and costuming, but this one pulls it off well.  The only issue to raise in this film is some obvious green screens and CGI in some parts, but it is not glaringly obvious.  In short, this is finally a quality film based on the timeless work of Lewis.

Plot and Storyline Quality (2.5 points)

The book’s plot is adapted very well, even enhancing the original plot without losing the allegorical message, which is surprising with Disney involved.  Douglas Gresham can be credited for this preservation.  The character development is decent and the dialogue is both realistic and character-building.  The twists involved are true to the book; no extreme creative license is taken here.  The one issue to raise here is that some parts of the plot tend to be overly dramatic, no doubt a Disney contribution.  But the bottom line is that this is a solid plot that does not compromise the novel’s purpose.

Acting Quality (2.5 points)

The funding paid off—the acting is overall professional and well coached.  Though it is largely a mainstream cast, they demonstrate great acting skills, taking on the book’s characters well.  One caveat to bring up is that a few lines fall flat in an attempt to be sensational.  But this is not really a big issue and is easily forgotten.

Conclusion

A lot of things could have gone wrong with this film: Disney could have run away and destroyed the plot, the acting could have been deemphasized in favor of action sequences, or it could have been another cheap puppet production like so many Narnia movies before it.  None of these scenarios occurred, and thus, this movie lands in the Box Office Revolution Hall of Fame.  It is not a perfect film, but it was a great start to the unique Narnia movie saga and must be recognized for its strengths.

 

Final Rating: 7.5 out of 10 points