Word on the Street

Sean Connery Not Being Considered

Posted September 27, 2004 7:47 pm by Tirian

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.)

Mark Johnson’s Next Project

Posted September 23, 2004 8:33 am by Tirian

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.

Casting News for Extras

Posted September 22, 2004 8:50 am by Tirian

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?

Macs on the Set and Narnia DVD News

Posted September 20, 2004 10:55 am by Tirian

See MacWorld’s Macs bring Lord of the Rings, other DVDs to life for an interesting look at the way that Macintosh technology is being used on the set of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The article also talks about Narnia DVD producer Robert Myer Burnett and his visit to the set.

James McAvoy About To Leave for NZ

Posted September 20, 2004 9:31 am by Tirian

In this September 20th piece I like knowing I’m about to do something bad Scotland’s The Herald states that McAvoy will be heading to New Zealand next week for his six-month stint on the Narnia project. Talking about The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe he says, “It’s a cliché but it was one of my favourite books when I was a child. It terrified me but I loved it.” (Warning: there is some strong language in this article.)

LWW is Gregson-William’s Dream Project

Posted September 19, 2004 1:42 pm by Tirian

This from Film & Video (Harry Gregson-Williams Sounds Off). When asked “What’s your dream project?” Narnia composer Harry Gregson-Williams answered: One I’m working on: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a Christmas 2005 release. It has [director] Andrew Adamson, who directed Shrek and Shrek 2. It’s live action with a lot of computer-generated imagery, with characters that are half-man, half-beast, like Lord of the Rings. You never know what the future holds, because there are lots of books of Narnia.

More International Release Dates

Posted September 17, 2004 8:32 am by Tirian

NarniaFilms.nl, an excellent Dutch-language Narnia movie news site, has just let us know that they’ve received word on two more international release dates: Dec. 22nd for Holland and Dec. 21st for Belgium. These are preliminary dates so they can still change, but they seem to fit well with the schedule setup for the rest of Europe.

Barnes & Noble to Host Online CON Class

Posted September 15, 2004 1:48 pm by Tirian

Barnes & Noble will be hosting an online class for those interested in an in-depth study of The Chronicles of Narnia. The class starts October 4th and runs for four weeks. Click here for more information on joining this free class. Thanks to Nennare for finding this!

Some Worldwide Release Dates

Posted September 14, 2004 4:06 pm by Tirian

IMDB has posted some international release dates for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. We’re currently trying to confirm these dates with the production:
– USA 9 December 2005
– France 14 December 2005
– Switzerland 21 December 2005 (French speaking region)
– Germany 22 December 2005
– UK 23 December 2005
– Switzerland 26 December 2005 (German speaking region)

PBS: The Question of God

Posted September 14, 2004 7:59 am by Tirian

This miniseries, based on a Harvard course taught by Nicholi, frames the issues of life and spirituality through the lives and ideas of two of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers. In middle age, Lewis finds his once-passionate atheism troubling while Freud, studying medicine, believes he has no use for a creator. Watch the first part of this mini-series at 9pm on PBS on September 15th. Part 2 airs on September 22nd. Visit PBS’s website for more information.