Just posted on Yahoo news!
Duuuuude!! Looks like now that his buddy's trilogy has shattered all sorts of box office records, CS Lewis' masterpiece will finally be done justice on the big screen. Hopefully it will be even half as good as the LOTR movies.'Lion' to Be Shot in New Zealand
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the beloved fantasy novel by C.S. Lewis, will be made into a film in New Zealand, a newspaper reported Friday.
New Zealander Andrew Adamson, best known for the Oscar-winning animated feature "Shrek," will direct the film and Walden Media will produce it.
"We are extremely happy and excited to be starting work on the film in New Zealand," Wellington's Dominion Post Newspaper quoted Adamson as saying.
The movie is expected to be the first of five films based on Lewis' seven Chronicles of Narnia books, to which Walden holds the film rights.
Director Peter Jackson (news) shot the three "Lord of the Rings" films, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy book series, in New Zealand using its unspoiled landscapes.
The $110 million budget film will start production preparations early in 2004, although work on the Chronicles has already started at Jackson's Weta Workshop in Wellington.
A spokeswoman for Weta confirmed it was currently working on the project, but declined to give details.
Shooting, much of it in South Island forests, high country and coastal areas, will begin mid-2004, the reports said.
Taxpayers will help foot the bill for the film, which will be made using a screen production grant scheme set up by the government this year.
Under the plan, production companies can receive up to 12.5 percent of their total costs back at the end of production.
"The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," published in 1950, is the second and best-known novel in the seven-part Narnia series. It also includes "The Magician's Nephew," "The Horse and His Boy," "Prince Caspian," "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," "The Silver Chair" and "The Last Battle."
First of all, Aslan has to be played by James Earl Jones, and he should be done in the same live action/CG meshing used in Babe.
Interesting that they're doing five movies. I can see how The Horse and His Boy would be easy to cut out, since it doesn't really follow the main storyline. But what else? My money would be on The Magician's Nephew being paraphrased in a flashback sequence. Despite how the series is published today, it's a weak start to the story, and really does work better when you get the details after meeting the citizens of Narnia.
Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait! Hopefully a great five-film epic based on Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain can't be far behind!