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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.
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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.
Will Poulter, who played Eustace in 2010’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is this year’s BAFTA Rising Star winner. Congratulations, Will! See the fill list of winners.
The 21-year-old appeared in We’re the Millers last year alongside Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. Will he reprise his role as Eustace Clarence Scrubb in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair? The character is 9-years-old according to C.S. Lewis’ timelime.
Last week, Will Poulter (Eustace) was announced as a BAFTA Rising Star nominee. You can vote for him here. Past winners include James McAvoy (Tumnus)
Last year, Will appeared in We’re the Millers alongside Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. He will celebrate his 21st birthday next week.
Will he return to Narnia in The Silver Chair?
Much was written this past weekend about the 50th anniversary of the death of C. S. Lewis, who passed away less than an hour before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Lewis’ stepson and co-producer of the recent film adaptations, Douglas Gresham, shared his memories of that day in an article by The Independent.
“It was a cruel blow,” he says. “Most of us regarded [JFK] as a great hope for Western civilisation. But it was only the first blow of the day. Soon any thoughts about Kennedy would go completely out of my mind.”
“I didn’t think much about the timing,” he says. “I didn’t intellectualise the whole thing. It was a situation of being numb and carrying on, irrespective of what was going on in the wider world. Because my world had suddenly become very small and I ceased to be interested in anything else. Grief is a selfish thing – it shuts out everything except your own pain.”
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Lewis was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure in mid-November 1963. Days later, he collapsed in his bedroom and died in his brother’s arms a few minutes later. It was one week before his 65th birthday.
After reflecting on Lewis’ death, do not forgot to celebrate his life, and all the lives he changed, on his birthday this Friday! Post your thoughts in in our forum, as a comment below, or on our Facebook page.
Narnia director Andrew Adamson’s next film Mr. Pip, based on the novel by Lloyd Jones, releases October 3. In a new behind-the-scenes feature, he talks about the challenges of adapting the story for film, and why he wanted to direct it. View it here.
“I know my agents would wish I was much more available for casual meetings, because things come out of those – you happen to just be sitting with somebody and they talk about an idea and you respond to it and before you know you’re making a film. And to be honest, Shrek and Narnia both happened that way.”
November 22 will mark fifty years since Narnia author C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) passed away. Over the weekend, fans gathered in Oxford for the C.S. Lewis Jubilee Festival to celebrate the acclaimed author. It was held at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry, where Lewis is buried.
Professor Alister McGrath (“C.S. Lewis: A Life”) spoke at the event, saying he believes Narnia is the biggest reason Lewis is still remembered. “The Chronicles of Narnia has stood the test of time remarkably well,” he said.
Oxford Mail reports that campaigners are trying to save Hillsboro House, a former home of Narnia author C.S. Lewis, from being torn down for “potential redevelopment.”
Lewis lived at the house for eight years after serving in World War I. He and his friend Paddy Moore had made a pact that if one of them died in the war, the survivor would take care of the others’ family. Paddy was killed, so Lewis moved in with his mother, Janie Moore, to look after her. The house is located on Holyoake Road in Headington.
A spokesman for agents Elwood and Company said: “There is absolutely opportunity for it to be restored as a house. We are not advertising it to tear it down and build ‘X’ amount of flats, we have been instructed to put it up for sale.”
Abingdon resident Ronald Brind would like to save the house and “make it like the Kilns, as a place for visitors to explore.”