The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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'Lion' stakes out territory under new N.Z. grant plan

23 December 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News 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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'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' Comes to Life

28 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Classic fantasy novel The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe will become the latest book to be transformed into a movie. Andrew Adamson, a director on Shrek and next June's sequel, is in the early stages of adapting the 53-year-old novel, the most popular of CS Lewis' seven-part Chronicles Of Narnia. He has enlisted the New Zealand special effects studio behind the Lord Of The Rings trilogy to develop creature designs for the story, which follows four children who travel through a wardrobe to enter a mystical land ruled by an evil witch. The issue garnering a lot of attention is how Aslan the lion will be portrayed in the flick. Adamson says, "I read the book when I was eight years old and it seemed very real to me. Aslan has to be, first and foremost, a real lion." »

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