Lewis’ ‘The Great Divorce’ To Be Filmed

Posted June 23, 2010 7:35 am by wisewoman

Fans of C. S. Lewis will be interested to learn that his 1945 novel The Great Divorce has been slated for film production, according to Variety’s Dave McNary. Mpower Pictures and Beloved Pictures will join forces to produce the film, with author N.D. Wilson hired to write the screenplay. The Great Divorce is the story of a fantasy journey from Hell to Heaven, with themes of Lewis’ Christianity woven throughout. You can read Variety’s story here.

Thanks Meg for the heads-up!

40 Comments For This Story

  • daughter of the King says:

    "The Great Divorce" as a movie? I’m not sure how that would work.

  • Warrior 4 Jesus says:

    The book is brilliant but I too don’t know how they would go about doing it. For many years ‘The Great Divorce’ sat unread on our family bookshelf. I generally enjoyed C.S. Lewis’ works but I never read this one until a few years ago because (as a child)I mistakenly believed it was about the benefits of divorce!

    • Shy Galadriel says:

      Lol Warrior 4 Jesus, when I was little I thought the Fellowship of the Ring was about a "ring" (as in a circle of people) that was a fellowship(get it? fellowship? ring?).
      I’m interested in seeing what they do to the book as a movie. But am willing to skip it if they destroy it.

      • Elf Maiden Archer of Rivendell says:

        That’s funny ShyGaladriel! Like a circle of friends? Lol! I never fully understood LotR till I was 12 or 13. πŸ˜‰ I thought The Great Divorce was something about a divorce too, since C.S. Lewis was divorced. πŸ™

      • Rachel says:

        Actually, Lewis was a widower, not divorced.

      • Hermitess of Narnia says:

        I thought when I was little that the Great Divorce was about why you shouldn’t get divorced so I didn’t understand for a while why my parents thought the book was so interesting, since we listened to Focus on the Family a bunch and knew why divorce was not good.

        Lewis’ wife had been divorced, but he hadn’t.

        I hope they do this movie the right way so people will know what Lewis was trying to say.

      • Elf Maiden Archer of Rivendell says:

        Oh, sorry guys I got mixed up. πŸ™ Well, I (and J.R.R. Tolkien himself)wish he had never married the divorcee.

      • Narnian Meerkat says:

        I read The Fellowship of the Ring recently. It was a good book. Buy man was it loooooong! Especially the chapter titled "The Council of Elrond." But still I read it pretty fast. I’m planning on reading The Two Towers, but I can’t rigt now cause I’m reading the third and fourth book of Guardians of Ga,Hoole. Thier good books! I read the first and second one already. Ther’re quite interesting. Can’t wait till that movie Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga,Hoole comes out in September!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

      • Elf Maiden Archer of Rivendell says:

        Yeah, LotR is long, but I don’t mind. For me I can’t get enough, both movies, DVDs, special features, merchandise, books,etc.! πŸ˜‰ I saw the Owls of Ga’hoole trailer! It was spectacular! I especially want to watch even more because it’s Celtic based, it’s from the makers of "Happy Feet", oh and David Wenham (Faramir from "LotR") plays Digger, & Hugo Weaving (Elrond from LotR) plays Noctus/Grimble. Haven’t read the books yet. Though I do want to. I bet it’s an easy read, since it was in the 4th-6th grade section.

      • Further Up and Futher In! says:

        Someone said they wished C.S. Lewis hadn’t married "that divorcee". I understand your point of view, but think about it this way. If C. S. Lewis hadn’t married Joy Greshem, he wouldn’t have had any descendants to care about what happened to the series. Doug Greshem, his step-son, wouldn’t be the president of his estate, or co-producer on the films, and you and I wouldn’t have the Narnia movies as we know them! lol! πŸ™‚

      • Elf Maiden Archer of Rivendell says:

        Tolkien didn’t want him to marry Miss Gresham. He was a Catholic & so am I. It is against God’s commandment: Thou shall not commit adultery (fornication, impurity, marry someone else’s spouse,etc.)to do divorce under pain of mortal sin. What about C.S. Lewis’s soul?! He could’ve married someone else who was a widow too, and not divorced! C.S. Lewis would have never written Narnia anyways, without Tolien & God’s grace

      • Elf Maiden Archer of Rivendell says:

        Ooops, I accidentally clicked on submit comment… Anyhoo, C.S. Lewis would have never written the books if Tolkien & the help of God’s grace, never helped him to at the very least believe in God. I don’t want an argument, but I just don’t want the very thought of C.S. Lewis marrying a divorcee was ok or even beneficial in people’s heads! It’s the trick of the devil! Ever read the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis? OK, so I hope that’s the end of that, I hope…

  • Cymrugirl says:

    This is nearly my favorite book Lewis ever wrote and I’m thrilled! – but also, considering that the director of the much abused film version of The Dark is Rising is on the project, I’m very VERY nervous.

    • Elf Maiden Archer of Rivendell says:

      I saw that movie.

    • Violamom says:

      Cunningham is actually a very good director (To End All Wars is his work–EXCELLENT movie). He’s the son of Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission, and (I believe) a Christian. I think the travesty of The Seeker can be far more blamed on the inexcusably bad screenplay, and the obvious lack of enthusiasm for the project on all levels. Cunningham did what he could given what he had, but I honestly don’t see how ANYONE could have made a decent film with that script. So don’t despair just yet. Let’s wait and see. I just think it’s an intriguing project, and it’ll be interesting to watch it develop. πŸ™‚ <><

  • Aslanisthebest says:

    Ah, The Great Divorce is a terrific book. I don’t know how it will look as a movie, but hopefully good. I hope it’s…all right, though. Not wandering over the edge that the point is missed.

  • pselpevensie says:

    awesome!!!!! i need to read this book…

  • Lady Haleth says:

    Hmm..I don’t know what I feel about this as a movie, though I love the book.

  • Liberty Hoffman says:

    wow! that’s cool, but I will be interested to see it come out!
    N.D. Wilson, eh? cool! πŸ˜€

  • Young playwright from Narnia says:

    I thought they were going to make the Screwtape Letters.

  • The Gatekeeper says:

    Cool! I haven’t read that book yet, but I guess I probably should. From what I’ve heard about it, I wouldn’t have expected anyone to make a movie of it, but if N.D. Wilson is writing the screenplay it’ll definitely be good. πŸ™‚

  • ernesto says:

    esta muy bien y muy bien etc

  • Edmund P says:

    Oh, this will be absolutely AMAZING! I can just see it in my mind! I look forward to seeing it – I’m sure it will be wonderful.

  • Nathan says:

    I’ve read this book, and I don’t know how they’re going to do that. Who’s making it? Walden?

    I can’t wait to see the movie they’re going to make of Keith Green. It’s already been greenlit, and Melody is working on the script.

  • narnian1 says:

    Sounds interesting, I just began reading this book and am enjoying it. I can visually see it in my mind, but a movie harder to do but intriguing.

  • narnian resident says:

    hmm….cool, but i wonder how they’re going to do it, cuz it doesnt seem like the kind of book that can be made into a movie. well, we’ll have to see then how they pull it off.

  • Narnian Meerkat says:

    I’ve never read the book (maybe someday I will) but my older sister has. I think it sounds cool. Fantasy worlds between Hell and Heaven. Sound pretty darn cool to me. πŸ™‚ I like C.S. Lewis.

  • silverPhoenix says:

    I read the book and it’s wonderful but I don’t think it would fly as a film.

  • Not Of This World says:

    Never heard of it. what it about

    • Elf Maiden Archer of Rivendell says:

      Here’s the overall synopsis(you can google it or wikipedia it also):C. S. Lewis takes us on a profound journey through both heaven and hell in this engaging allegorical tale. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis introduces us to supernatural beings who will change the way we think about good and evil.

  • Jeanette says:

    I think this is a bad idea. I think it wd work fine in film, but there is no way that the producers will get it right. Lewis is too deep for a shallow Hollywood treatment.

  • true-narnian_queen says:

    this will be epic!!! i love the book!! if anyone has not read it, do it!!

  • Elesdee says:

    When will they make "That Hideous Strength" into a film?!

    • Arys says:

      I would LOVE for all three of the Space Trilogy books to be cinematized! My wife thinks Ed Norton should play Dr. Ransom.

  • Laura Elizabeth says:

    Hmmm, interesting. I’ve never read The Great Divorce. From what I’ve read about it, I don’t think I would care for it as much as the other books of his that I’ve read. I might like to see the movie, though.

  • Frank says:

    I’m amazed at how many have not read this book, probably due to the obscure meaning of the title. I am very excited about the prospect of this book being made into a movie as I honestly have felt for years that this is the most important message of all to get across to the world. There are only two types of people in the world: those who say to God,"Thy will be done" and those to whom God says "Thy will be done". We all make this decision and it is wonderful to have it laid out so creatively in this book.
    I am above all concerned that they do a worthy job of presenting it to the world. It deserves the very best treatment!
    Those of you who haven’t read the book, you’re in for a treat as Lewis’ wisdom pours over you.

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