Word on the Street
The Eagle and Child, the Oxford pub frequented by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams, will be getting refurbished to include seven hotel rooms. The project is scheduled for completion in 2018. Read more.
Work-in-progress versions of books like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Lord of the Rings were read aloud in this pub by members of the Inklings. A plaque on the wall reads: “The conversations that have taken place here have profoundly influenced the development of 20th century English literature.”
You can see William Moseley (Peter) in a new trailer for Conglomerate Media’s The Little Mermaid (not to be confused with Disney’s upcoming live-action film). Moseley plays a young reporter from a small town in Mississippi investigating reports of a real mermaid. View the trailer.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) is now available to stream on Netflix. Thanks to ‘Wolfloversk’ for the alert.
Andrew Adamson (aka Andrew Son-of-Adam) has signed on to direct and co-write a live-action adaptation of Curious George, the classic children’s book series by Margret and H.A. Rey that first appeared in 1941. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will produce. Read more. Among our readers, Adamson is best known for directing The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and Prince Caspian (2008).
This will likely keep Adamson busy for at least a couple years, which might discourage the fans hoping he will someday return to Narnia.
If you’ve jumped on the coloring book bandwagon like I have, then you will be thrilled to learn that Harper Collins has released ‘The Chronicles of Narnia Official Colouring Book.’ According to Harper Collins’ website, the 96 page book features the original art by Pauline Baynes, maps, favorite quotes, and more.
Order your copy on Harper Collins’ website here.
UPDATE: Here’s a video review from Glumpuddle’s personal channel.
A recently-uncovered audio recording of C.S. Lewis will be unveiled at “An Inklings Week in Oxford” next July. The discovery was made by Dr. Hal Poe. It reveals fascinating new details about the Narnia author. You can read ChristianityToday’s article, “C.S. Lewis Was a Secret Government Agent,” and listen to an All About Jack podcast episode featuring Dr. Poe (Here is just 8-minute clip where he talks about his find).
A recently discovered map found loose inside illustrator Pauline Baynes’ copy of The Lord of the Rings reveals new details about the creative process behind Middle-earth. The map will go on sale for £60,000. Baynes (1922-2008) was the first Narnia illustrator, but also collaborated with J.R.R. Tolkien. View some of her Middle-earth artwork here.
Read the full story. (Thanks to NarniaWebber ‘Inkling’)
Marvel Studios has confirmed that Narnia screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely will pen the scripts for Parts 1 and 2 of “Avengers: Infinity War,” releasing May 2018 and May 2019. The duo previously worked on the first two Captain America movies, Thor 2, and the Agent Carter television series. Their latest film, “Captain America: Civil War” is currently shooting in Atlanta, GA. Read more.
Andrew Adamson, director of the first two Chronicles of Narnia movies, has signed on to helm Sony’s Inherit the Earth, an adaptation of the IDW comic book series Zombies vs. Robots. Read more.
The Silver Chair co-producer Mark Gordon’s Steve Jobs film has been picked up by Universal Pictures. Based on the life of the Apple founder, the movie will be directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, Social Network, Gone Girl) and star Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave, X-Men: Days of Future Past). The project has been stuck in the development stages for some time now. ComingSoon observes that “Universal has a history of picking up trouble projects from other studios” as they did with the Dumb and Dumber To recently. Read more.