Word on the Street
According to the Sunny Herald Online, Norman Stone, the man who made the BBC movie Shadowlands, is making a 54 minute documentary on C.S. Lewis. The screenplay is co-written by Douglas Gresham and also had guidence from Lady Jill Freud, who was one of the girls that inspired Lewis to write about the Pevensies. The documentary is going to be released shortly following The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and will premier on the Hallmark Channel.
In this Waikato Times news story, it is reported that trainer Mark Vette, owner of Animals on Q in Pukekohe, has also trained 50 mice, a pack of bull mastiffs and rottweilers to act as war dogs and about 20 horses as unicorns and centaurs. The article talks about the wolves on set and even has a picture of a few of the wolves with trainer Nerissa Politzer. The wolves return to the US on November 1st.
TheOneLion.net reports that an anonymous informant told them about a ten minute teaser that was recently made for the crew working on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This ten minutes of completed footage was done as a way to thank the crew for their long hours. The informants reaction was that “it looked very slick and polished, the creatures were great.” Read the whole article at TheOneLion.net.
According to NewstalkZB, ten wolves have been brought in from Los Angeles for filming on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The pack, which includes seven males and three females, is being housed at Mark Vette’s Animal Rescue. Two siblings, Ricky and Bob, will play the key characters Maugrim and Vardan. The New Zealand Herald has what may be a picture of the wolves in the film.
In the October 2004 issue of CCM Magazine Steven Curtis Chapman hints that he and Everlife might be involved in the production: Chapman, along with members of Everlife, are enjoying once more The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. According to Chapman, Disney is doing an $180 million production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. “I’ve been asked to come in and be involved in some different levels, so it’s awesome.” The production was not able to confirm that Chapman is involved. Speculations are that they may be involved in doing some music for the closing credits or a companion cd (like music inspired by the movie).
Ireland On-line reports in an interview with Rupert Everett that after he finishes his current projects (a Sherlock Holmes TV movie and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) he may stop acting for a while. He says: “I’m not working for the rest of this year, I hope. I don’t know that I ever want to work again actually to be honest. To a certain extent, acting has slightly lost its allure for me. It’s quite hard work and I’m quite bossy and control-oriented, so that’s quite a difficult mixture sometimes.”
There are a lot of panel reports coming out and we’ve tried to only report the ones that have unique content. Here are the unique parts from ComingSoon.net’s report: 1) Director Andrew Adamson was picked by Walden Media after delivering a 20 page “term paper” on his vision for Narnia. 2) With the large number of animal characters, everyone is concerned about making a “talking animal” movie and they are going to great lengths to make all of the creatures look natural. 3) The creatures in the film have not been toned down and some of them will be scary for kids. Howard Berger did the “kid test” on all of the creations and asked his own children what they thought and would go back and do extra work when his kids said that things looked “cheesy”.
In our never-ending quest for truth, we’ve been able to confirm with the production that Sean Connery is not being considered for the role of Aslan. Reports sprung up earlier today at Ain’t It Cool News that Connery was being considered for the role. Publicist Ernie Malik has confirmed for us that veteran actor Sean Connery is not the actor who the production is eyeing to be the voice of Aslan. (There is someone else but we don’t yet know who this is because the deal isn’t in place.)
Word has it that Narnia producer Mark Johnson has signed on to produce Russell Crowe’s film called The Long Green Shore. This will be the first film directed by Crowe, the star of A Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander, and Gladiator. Click here for the story from 7 News.
Here’s a bit o’ news from our spy, Skye05. Apparently people are still being cast or temporarily cast for background roles. Skye knows someone who is tall and got a call a week ago. They worked on the set for two days. This doesn’t mean that they are still accepting applications, but if the production already has your information, there’s still a possibility that you could get a call. The production also employs people just to fan and water background artists in those prosthetic suits! That would be the job, eh?