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Friday, January 14, 2005


New Zealand Fantasy Series

Jody mentioned below that "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" is in production over at Disney. Incidentally, the press release Jody linked to gives a Christmas 2005 release date; Disney has abandoned this. I think it would be a good Christmas release (all that snow) but I don't know if they'll wait till 2006 or make it summer. Anyway, this movie is not the most promising fantasy series in pre-production right now. For that, you'd have to look at the studio that made "Lord of the Rings"; we're in pre-production on The Golden Compass, the first book in the His Dark Materials series. I've read the books and they're great; also, whereas "TLTW&TW" has seven writers so far, TGC has one, and it's Chris Weitz, who is great. Here's a Criswell Predicts thing, though:
"The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" is a Christian allegory. "The Golden Compass" is not a big fan of organized religion (although it's set in an alternate world, the villian is in cahoots with a church that is clearly Christian, even Catholic (has the heirarchy of bishops & archbishops & cardinals, &c.). Which of the two do you think will draw more protests from fundamentalists? My money's on the one with "Witch" in the title...

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