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'Lion' stakes out territory under new N.Z. grant plan

23 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- New Zealand's next potential Lord of the Rings-type multipicture franchise, Walden Media's adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, will be the first production to tap into the country's new Large Budget Screen Production Grant plan, which has just been finalized. Under the plan, announced in July, film and TV productions that spend at least NZ$15 million ($9.6 million) in New Zealand will qualify for a 12.5% rebate. The first of what could be seven films based on The Chronicles of Narnia cycle of books by C.S. Lewis will be directed by New Zealander Andrew Adamson (Shrek) and will start preproduction in Auckland early next year. A mid-2004 shoot is envisioned in New Zealand's South Island with Mark Johnson (The Alamo) producing. The screenplay is by Ann Peacock (Lesson Before Dying). »

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