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David Magee was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Finding Neverland and was more recently recognized for his screenplay of Life of Pi in 2012. He’s got another fantasic book adaptation in his sights in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, my second favorite of the series of seven books.
Producers for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair include Mark Gordon, Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber for The C.S. Lewis Co. and Michele Wolkoff and Sara Smith for The Mark Gordon Co. This all according to THR who quotes David Magee saying the following about his new venture.
I have always loved The Chronicles of Narnia, and I endlessly imagined myself finding my own passage into Narnia someday. All these years later, I’m getting to fulfill that wish just a little bit by writing the film adaptation of The Silver Chair and could not be more excited about it. »
- Jess Orso
Back in October, it was announced that C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia series is to continue on the big screen with producer Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan) securing the rights to adapt The Silver Chair, and now it's been revealed that Oscar-nominated screenwriter David Magee (Finding Neverland, Life of Pi) has signed on to pen the script for the fantasy sequel.
"I have always loved The Chronicles of Narnia and I endlessly imagined myself finding my own passage into Narnia someday," said Magee as part of the official announcement. "All these years later, I’m getting to fulfill that wish just a little bit by writing the film adaptation of The Silver Chair and could not be more excited about it."
The first three Narnia movies - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader »
- Gary Collinson
For the last few years, moviegoers have been left unsure when they would be getting the chance to go back to Narnia. American audience numbers slacked off over the course of the two sequels following 2005.s megahit The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but the foreign box office remained strong. As a result it wasn.t really a surprise when the Mark Gordon Company and the C.S. Lewis company announced last month that an upcoming adaptation of Lewis. The Silver Chair was in the works, and they.ve now hired the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter David Magee to pen this third sequel in the franchise. Perhaps they.re hoping they can make up in critical acclaim what ticket sales may fail to bring in. Magee.s two nominations came from adapting Allan Knee.s Finding Neverland in 2005 - when he lost out to Sideways - »
We first reported on this project back in October, when Mark Gordon signed on to produce and develop this adaptation of C.S. Lewis' novel. Here's what the screenwriter had to say about the project in a statement.
"I have always loved The Chronicles of Narnia and I endlessly imagined myself finding my own passage into Narnia someday. All these years later, I'm getting to fulfill that wish just a little bit by writing the film adaptation of The Silver Chair and could not be more excited about it."
Mark Gordon is producing alongside C.S. Lewis' stepson Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber. The first three installments of this franchise, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, »
David Magee, who pushed a young boy and a tiger out to sea on a raft and whisked viewers into the head of Peter Pan’s creator, will once again deploy his gift for the fantastic by adapting “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair” for the big screen. Magee has been nominated for Oscars for his screenplays for “Finding Neverland” and “Life of Pi,” a biopic of author J.M. Barrie and an adaptation of Yann Martel’s examination of perilous ocean travel with big cats, respectively. “I have always loved ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ and I endlessly imagined myself finding my own. »
- Brent Lang
The hiring of Magee comes two months after Mark Gordon reached a deal with the C.S. Lewis Co. to jointly develop and produce “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.” The three “Narnia” films have grossed a combined $1.6 billion worldwide.
“I have always loved ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ and I endlessly imagined myself finding my own passage into Narnia someday,” he said. “All these years later, I’m getting to fulfill that wish just a little bit by writing the film adaptation of ‘The Silver Chair’ and could not be more excited about it.”
- Dave McNary
The long-gestating fourth installment of "The Chronicles of Narnia" series has just tapped an Oscar-nominated screenwriter to pen the project.
"I have always loved 'The Chronicles of Narnia,' and I endlessly imagined myself finding my own passage into Narnia someday," Magee said in a statement. "All these years later, I'm getting to fulfill that wish just a little bit by writing the film adaptation of 'The Silver Chair' and could not be more excited about it."
This latest installment of the "Narnia" franchise comes after the last two films -- including the most recent adaptation, 2010's "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" -- disappointed at the box office. Adding Magee's pedigree to the project could breathe new life into the series, which many thought would never see all »
- Katie Roberts
Update: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair has a writer. David Magee, who wrote Life of Pi and Finding Neverland, will write the fourth film in the franchise. Both films gave him Oscar nominations.
Oct. 1, 2013 - The first three Chronicles of Narnia movies made a lot of money, $1.6 billion to be exact, but in the movie world apparently that wasn't enough. Disney made the first two movies: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian. Then, 20th Century Fox made No. 3: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010. Now, the Mark Gordon Co. (The Source Code, 2012) will make the fourth film in C.S. Lewis' Christian fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. With so much time passed, there's no word if they will keep with the original cast of kids: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley and Anna Popplewell. Here's how BarnesandNoble.com »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
This past week's Camerimage Festival of the Art of Cinematography in Bydgoszcz, Poland honored Director of Photography Roberto Schaefer with a special Cinematographer / Director Duo Award celebrating his collaborations with Marc Forster. Their projects together include Loungers (1995), Everything Put Together (2000), Monster's Ball (2001), Finding Neverland (2004), Stay (2005), Stranger Than Fiction (2006), The Kite Runner (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008) and, most recently, Machine Gun Preacher (2011). ComingSoon.net sat down with Schaefer as part of our ongoing series of interviews from the festival. In the below conversation, he discusses his history with Forster, his work with other directors and explains why he wasn't able to re-team with his longtime »
If you were looking at the upcoming slate of Hobbit films and thinking “that’s a sizeable amount of Tolkien material, but I am not satisfied with this ride ever ending,” the universe is throwing you just a little bone to tide you over until another facet of the Lotr series is probably announced. Fox Searchlight and Cherin Entertainment are currently working on a J.R.R. Tolkien biopic that will span the author’s life and target the moments that led him to write “The Hobbit” in 1937 and begin “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy in 1954. The tentatively titled Tolkien, written by David Gleeson (Cowboys and Angels) focuses on the parts of his life that proved formative to creating Middle Earth, like his days at Pembroke College and as a soldier during World War I; the author, who was born in South Africa in 1892 and raised in England, was deeply affected by his experiences in the Great War »
- Samantha Wilson
We've only got two more Hobbit movies to look forward to, so it's about time someone figured out a way to continue to cash in on J.R.R. Tolkien's legacy. So how about a biopic? Variety reports Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment are teaming up to create Tolkien, a drama that will reveal the life story of the author behind The Lord of the Rings. Said to be in the vein of the J.M. Barrie biopic Finding Neverland, Tolkien will include scenes from the writer's time in World War I while integrating elements of the fantasy novels he's known for. David Gleeson, who has previously penned the dramedy Cowboys and Angels, will write the screenplay. David Ready, who brought the project to Chernin Entertainment, will oversea its production for the company. Refresh your memory of Finding Neverland with its trailer below: Finding Neverland seems a smart source of »
J.R.R. Tolkien's novels and the movies adapted from them have been phenomenal successes, with the films alone generating more than $4 billion. And now, fans can better get to know the man behind the classic "Lord of the Rings" works in an upcoming biopic.
The L.A. Times reports that Fox Searchlight has commissioned a script by Tolkien scholar David Gleeson. The movie would trace the author's life from his childhood in South Africa and England to his time at Pembroke College to his stint as a soldier in World War I, and examine how both of those experiences forever shaped his literary style.
Previous attempts to produce a biopic on Tolkien never got off the ground, including "Mirkwood," a fantastical treatment that was blocked by the author's estate. The L.A. Times notes that it's unclear if Fox Searchlight's project has the estate's sign-off.
The Tolkien biopic would join »
- Kelly Woo
A biopic of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit author J. R. R Tolkien is in the works.
According to The La Times, Tolkien will "examine the author's life, particularly his formative years at Pembroke College and as a soldier during World War 1 and how it influenced him and is work." David Gleeson (Cowboys and Aliens), a Tolkien scholar himself, is currently working on the script with Peter Chernin and Fox Searchlight producing.
The La Times is comparing the biopic to Finding Neverland and the upcoming Saving Mr Banks, with the former nominated for seven Academy Awards and the latter mooted as an Oscar favourite. »
- Gary Collinson
Fox Searchlight joins the race to tell the life story of the author behind The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings
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Hollywood is to capitalise on the current appetite for all things Jrr Tolkien with a biopic of the fantasy author of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, reports the La Times.
Tentatively titled simply Tolkien, the film will examine the writer's early academic career at Pembroke College, Oxford, as well as his struggles as a second lieutenant and later signals officer on the western front of the first world war. In particular, the screenplay by Ireland's David Gleeson (Cowboys and Angels) will show how these experiences informed Tolkien's creation of the high fantasy genre.
Gleeson is described as a "Tolkien superfan and scholar of sorts" on the subject of the »
- Ben Child
Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment have set up “Tolkien,” a pic in the vein of the J.M. Barrie biopic “Finding Neverland” that covers how author J.R.R. Tolkien came up with the world of Middle-earth in his “Lord of the Rings” books.
The story will contain various elements of how Tolkien created his books’ elaborate world, including his time as a soldier in World War I.
The Los Angeles Times broke the news. David Ready brought the project to Chernin and will oversee for the company.
Given how attractive “Neverland” was during the 2004-05 award season, it seems this project is a perfect fit for Fox Searchlight.
Gleeson is repped by CAA and Warren Dern.
- Justin Kroll
A few months back, I suggested that Hollywood adapt the life story of author J.R.R. Tolkien for a biopic. Turns out, one is currently in the works! Tentatively titled Tokien, "will examine the author’s life, particularly his formative years at Pembroke College and as a soldier in World War I, and how it influenced him and his work," according to the L.A. Times. Tolkien scholar and superfan David Gleeson (Cowboys & Angels) is working on the script. The picture will be produced through Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment and is set up at Fox Searchlight. The write-up compares it to the Oscar-winning J.M Barrie picture, Finding Neverland, and John Lee Hancock's upcoming look at Walt Disney and P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks. A previous attempt at a Tolkien biopic was initiated with Mirkwood, but the author's estate obstructed the project; there's no information as to how »
- Dave Trumbore
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Joe Wright, director of Atonement, Hanna and The Soloist, might next tackle a Peter Pan origins story, according to Variety. If confirmed, he will direct from a script by Jason Fuchs, writer of Ice Age: Continental Drift.
Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, remains a magical property for Hollywood. Popular film versions of the story include Disney's eponymous 1953 animation and Hook, a sequel by Steven Spielberg that imagined a disillusioned grown-up Peter returning to Neverland. The story behind the creation of the character was detailed in Finding Neverland, the 2004 film about Jm Barrie, the Scottish author and playwright who wrote the children's story.
Other Pan projects in production include Hunger Games director »
- Henry Barnes
The 21st Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 16-23), has revealed the competition jurors who will judge entries at this year’s event in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Jury members of the main competition jury are:
Tom Stern, cinematographer (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, The Hunger Games);Ed Lachman, cinematographer (Erin Brockovich, The Virgin Suicides, I’m Not There);Todd McCarthy, journalist and film critic;Denis Lenoir, cinematographer (Paris, je t’aime, Righteous Kill, 88 Minutes);Adam Holender, cinematographer (Midnight Cowboy, Smoke, Fresh);Timo Salminen, cinematographer (The Man Without a Past, La Havre, The Match Factory Girl);Franz Lustig, cinematographer (Don’t Come Knocking, Land of Plenty, Palermo Shooting);Jeffrey Kimball, cinematographer (Top Gun, Mission: Impossible II, The Expendables).Polish Films Competition
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, announced today that long-time, award-winning collaborators Marc Forster ( World War Z , Finding Neverland , Quantum of Solace ) and Roberto Schaefer ( Finding Neverland , Quantum of Solace , Stranger Than Fiction ) will receive the Festival's special 'Cinematographer / Director Duo Award,' honoring both their creativity and passion, and their ability to reach compromise in realizing a joint vision. Throughout a decade of collaboration, Forster and Schaefer have made eight diverse, award-winning films. They know each other so well that they could work in silence, but they always invest their time and imagination in several week-long preparation periods during which they think about the given project's »
Anyone who finds the Academy Awards race depressing should look away now, because yes, the purpose of this article is to drag “Saving Mr Banks” fresh from its world premiere at the London Film Festival last night into the unedifying discussion of what its chances of Oscar glory may or may not be. The film’s combination of Hollywood history and British literary heritage - both of which are prime Oscar catnip - have meant that it has figured automatically in awards speculation, sight unseen. But following its unveiling, is it going to go the way of “The Artist”, will it settle for the fate of “Finding Neverland” or could it be the new “Miss Potter”? Read More: Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks,' With Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, Puts an Enjoyable Spin On the 'Mary Poppins' Saga Without Romanticizing Disney The short answer is none of the above. »
- Matthew Hammett Knott
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