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Walden Media's next: 'The Screwtape Letters' - Variety 2/1/07

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  • Walden Media's next: 'The Screwtape Letters' - Variety 2/1/07

    'Screwtape' attaches Walden

    More Lewis for Anschutz



    Winter

    By Nicole Laporte
    Variety
    February 1, 2007

    Ralph Winter Prods. is producing a bigscreen adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel "The Screwtape Letters" with Philip Anschutz's Walden Media.

    Pic will be produced via Walden's Bristol Bay Prods. banner ("Ray," "Sahara").

    Pic, which Walden hopes to release in 2008, is the company's second Lewis collaboration following "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which grossed $744 million worldwide. The sequel to that pic, "Prince Caspian," is due out next year.

    Like "Narnia," "The Screwtape Letters" -- which is described as a midbudget, primarily live-action pic -- embodies Christian themes.

    First published in 1942, "The Screwtape Letters" takes the form of a series of missives from a senior demon, Screwtape, to his wannabe diabolical nephew, Wormwood. As a mentor, Screwtape advises his protege on the finer points of undermining faith and promoting sin. His instructions are interspersed with observations on human nature and Christian doctrine.

    Since taking over the publishing of "The Screwtape Letters" in 2001, HarperSanFrancisco has sold almost 1 million copies of the trade paperback alone.

    Producing are Ralph Winter, Randy Argue and Lewis' stepson Douglas Gresham.
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Re: Walden Media's next: 'The Screwtape Letters' - Variety 2/1/07

    Hmmmm. I love this book. It gives me great insight into many many different things. However - I can't see this being an effective movie without changing what it is. We shall see I suppose....but I really don't know about this...

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      Re: Walden Media's next: 'The Screwtape Letters' - Variety 2/1/07

      I really like the book quite a bit, but I wouldn't want that to be a movie. Why do they have to turn so many books into movies?!? What happened to reading and imagination???

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        Re: Walden Media's next: 'The Screwtape Letters' - Variety 2/1/07

        Originally posted by Stitch74 View Post
        I really like the book quite a bit, but I wouldn't want that to be a movie. Why do they have to turn so many books into movies?!? What happened to reading and imagination???

        I just want to digress on what you said and look at what disney has made over the years.

        Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
        Pinnochio
        Bambi
        The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad
        Cinderella
        Alice in Wonderland
        Peter Pan
        The Jungle Book
        Sleeping Beauty
        The Many Adventures of Whinnie the Pooh
        The Rescuer's
        Robin Hood
        The Great Mouse Detective....ETC.ETC.ETC.

        Most of all Disney movies are based on books and classic literature.

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