‘The Lion Awakes’ Teaser Includes Narnia Movie Images

Production on The Lion Awakes does not begin until later this year, but a concept teaser has already been released. Look closely and you will recognize images from Walden Media’s 2005 film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the 50-second mark.

The film is currently set to be released sometime in 2013. (To clear up any confusion: This will not be a documentary. It is possible that none of the footage in this teaser will appear in the actual film)

These two images (as well as an image of James McAvoy as Tumnus) appear to be inside the bubbles boy-Lewis is blowing:




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Plot outline from the official Facebook page:

In 1941 London was attacked for 76 consecutive nights and bombs fell like black rain from the evening sky.
In Britain’s darkest hour the BBC turned to the most unlikely of men, to address his nation about hope – when all hope seemed lost.
C. S. Lewis was a boy of imagination, thrust into the killing fields of WWI. As the boy grew to become a man of doubt – the war built a wall against all belief.
A man named J.R.R Tolkien challenged his doubts and fired his imagination. Brick by brick, the wall began to crumble and the lost joy of childhood returned.
Before they created their worlds of Narnia and Middle-earth, Lewis and Tolkien had to make their journey to faith, to fantasy and to a world in desperate need of their voices.
Before creating his mythical Lion C. S. Lewis discovered his dreams were less important than his calling.
And his calling would change the world because, in a time of war and chaos, doubt gives way to faith, fear gives way to courage, and friendship changes everything!

Read our interview with co-screenwriter Darren Jacobs.

58 Responses

  1. Louloudi the Centaur says:

    While not as goosebump inducing as a regular trailer, even the concept of the trailer makes me feel like the movie is going to be something good if all goes well.

    Some of the scenes here, like the one at 1:30 really reminds me of The Magician's Nephew…

    And of course, the White Witch has to have her cameo, even when the Narnia series currently isn't in development. πŸ˜›

  2. glumPuddle says:

    I knew I couldn't be the only one who had that thought! haha

  3. Quinlin says:

    Wow! This looks amazing! Based on the trailer, I am hoping that this both deep and inspiring look back into C.S. Lewis's faith as well as the stories of Narnia will give justice and insight to what a genius he truly was. I'm now very much looking forward to seeing the film!

  4. glumPuddle says:

    Fan nit-pick: The picture with the bubbles is not technically accurate since Lewis didn't get the image of Tumnus in his head until he was 16.

    Whatever, still a cool picture. πŸ˜‰

  5. wolfloversk says:

    On the other hand though the boy in the image may not be Lewis… the description of the Picture on FB doesn't specify whether it's him or not πŸ˜‰

  6. Just Queen, not High Queen says:

    I'm confused! This doesn't look like an official trailer and I thought they haven't started filming yet.
    When in 2013 will it be released? Will it be in regular theaters? I hope so. I don't want it to receive no recognition whatsoever.

  7. glumPuddle says:

    Filming is not supposed to begin until late Summer or early Fall. I think this video is just supposed to give us a sense of the tone.

    Not sure when in 2013 it will be released.

    I'm sure they want a theatrical release, but we'll see if they can get it.

  8. glumPuddle says:

    "I was asked by the producers of the upcoming movie, The Lion Awakes to create a drawing that might depict CS Lewis’ lost childhood." –Bill Muck

    Nice try! Hah! πŸ˜‰

  9. Not Of This World says:

    AMAZING! I just can't wait. I liked the picture of boy-Lewis blowing the bubbles. This movie will be great (hopefully πŸ™‚ ).

  10. adamie says:

    what strange marketing! This seems like a trailer for a documentary. But it isn't one, right? Either way, it does look promising…

  11. Ariel_of_Narnia says:

    This looks like it should be good!

  12. Reepicheeprules says:

    Wow… This should be great!

  13. farsight-mssngr says:

    The Teaser Trailer is simple,
    Although, the film looks like really good, not good but brilliant it will be,
    hoping that the film will show the true bio of Lewis, and his return in christianity,
    Agreed, the trailer is like a documentary, but non of that matters, they just need to show the true life of Lewis and the origin of Aslan and Narnia as well,
    any updates about Narnia 4?
    cant wait for the next Narnia film!
    Further Up and Further in!

  14. sam says:

    Hahahahahahaha, I didn't think of that…

  15. Dylan says:

    Hahaha, thats pretty funny. The White Witch returns…….again!

  16. AslanIsMyJediMaster says:

    This is really weird because my senior research paper is about him finding his faith again!

  17. Fireflower says:

    OK, before I was just like, "Cool, they are doing a movie about Lewis." But after seeing this, I am really starting to get excited! We ARE getting a Narnia film, just not one that is adapted from the seven books that we want to see on the big screen. Maybe this will fire up a lot of people and start the Narnia movies rolling again! You never know! πŸ™‚

  18. Pattertwigs Pal says:

    This part: "In Britain’s darkest hour the BBC turned to the most unlikely of men, to address his nation about hope – when all hope seemed lost." reminds me of parts of the LotR movies. That would be more appropriate if they were talking about Tolkien.

  19. m.sh says:

    very good

  20. Eustace says:

    This movie looks like it could be good movie!

  21. wolfloversk says:

    Oops I missed that πŸ˜› Don't ask me how… lol

  22. Twinimage says:

    Looks like a fan made trailer or a commercial for a generic documentary, rather than a movie. I guess that's about the best they can do when there has been no footage filmed yet. lol

  23. No you aren't the only one whose thought of that glumpuddle. I too have thought of showing images of the LWW movie if filmakers ever decided to make a bio-pic on C.S. Lewis's life, I just never thought they would actually do it, but I'm glad they are, I think it's a really good idea. But I got to say after watching the trailer it looked more like a documentary then a movie with actors and a script, but I guess they can't show us much when they haven't even started filming yet.

  24. MountainFireflower says:

    Did anyone else notice that the scene where the Bible's pages turn by themselves was slightly reminiscent of the Magic Book in Walden's VDT?

  25. Puddleglum says:

    This looks quite promising. I hope they do an accurate job of their journey to faith.

  26. Thee Narnian Meerkat says:

    How wonderful! This looks like a great documentary…

  27. Aslan's BFF says:

    Definitely on my calendar. Finally something Narnian again. Can't you just smell the breezes of Narnia once more? because strangely enough, I can!

  28. Dinode says:

    Awesome! Not just Lewis, but also Tolkien? I'm SO looking forward to this!

  29. digiwinne says:

    uhhh…. this looks really bad…

    that was some terrible stock footage…. pathetic writing…. its going to be bad i am afraid

  30. wolfloversk says:

    No major updates yet… and we're not getting any for a while. Walden's right's expired so we have to wait a few years until the Estate can legally give the rights to another company. You can read more on NarniaWeb's FAQ page here: http://www.narniaweb.com/info/narnia-movie-faq/

  31. wolfloversk says:

    I did. I thought it was kind of cool actually.

  32. Brian in Calgary says:

    Like others, I am so looking forward to the movie – I think it will be great. So, I must humbly disagree with digiwinne's pessimism.

  33. David says:

    The trailer isn't very good, but I'd just chalk that up to amateur editing. I know one of the screenwriters, and can assure you it is not poorly written.

  34. David,
    We are sorry you feel the concept trailer is poorly edited. 35000 views and a successful kickstarter launch indicate otherwise. We did it for just 1000 dollars. It was to show the concept.

  35. Just Queen, not High Queen says:

    I'm surprised there is no April Fool's article this year, just the "Hobbitweb" change. And I was prepared this year!

  36. Aslan's #1 fan says:

    I'm so excited about this!!!!

    The Hobbit Web indeed!
    It's Narnia web and I think it should stay that way. I have to admit I'm kind of shocked…I mean I love the Hobbit but this was the place I would go when I need a Narnia fix. NOT a Hobbit fix…"sigh".

  37. Aslan's #1 fan says:

    Yes, yes I can. And it's the best thing ever. Narnia here we come…

  38. always narnian says:

    Is the hobbit Web an April Fool's Joke?

  39. Moonwood says:

    Ha ha , cute…

  40. Aslan's #1 fan says:

    Narnia Web…You totally got me. I totally took the bate about "HOBBIT WEB". HA! Good one!!!!!

  41. Christ's girl says:

    AWESOME! Very cool. Since no Narnia film seems to be coming in the near future, I'm glad to see this. I know this is totally off topic, but I'm thinking of seeing the movie MIRROR, MIRROR and I was wondering if anyone had seen it, and what they thought of it.

  42. Christ's girl says:

    I know the video looks a bit….how should I put this…..amatuerish…..but it's just a teaser trailer, please don't judge it yet, I'm sure this was low budget and meant to basically show the concept.

  43. Christ's girl says:

    Ditto. Nice tie-in.

  44. Christ's girl says:

    Talk about goosebumps. Narnia, here we come!

  45. Reepicheeprules says:

    I havent seen it but i think someone said it was good. It looks weird to me though

  46. Christ's girl says:

    Yeah, I just wasn't sure. I saw Lily Collins (Snow White) in the Blind Side, and I thought she was a very good actor. I looked it up on http://www.pluggedin.com and they have it a very good review.

  47. farsight-mssngr says:

    Can't wait for this film… Also, I'm really waiting for the production for Narnia 4 and so on to start. I want to see the whole chronicles in the big-screen!
    Anyways.. please watch my videos in youtube.

  48. Christ's girl says:

    Anybody else? Im so torn, help me out here guys!

  49. Estefania says:

    I really want to watch more Narnia films!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!! It doesn't matter what movie is the next, I love all the books, and i can't wait for the next film!

  50. susan says:

    totally agree with you!
    i hope the next narnia film will come out soon, or i'll be tempted to make my own narnia movie. πŸ˜€

  51. Seiko says:

    These seems interesting, but in all honestly we already saw a movie that depicted C.S. Lewis Life really well titled "Shadowlands" both in the early 2000's and the 80's. What we need is two more Narnia films slated for 2014 and 2015, first "The Silver Chair" and then the "The Magician's Nephew." 100-120 mil budgets each, Tilda Swinton, Liam Neeson, and yes Will poulter (who cares if he's in high school or college-what matters!), everyone will remember. It's still one of the most sucessful franchises of all time, Walden Media is just a stupid company. They ruined the Dark Is Rising story and have blown multiple other productions, let's face it.

  52. Aravis says:

    Me too! I want to make Horse and his Boy!! πŸ˜€

  53. narnia says:

    i think that me and a couple friends will get together and make a mini movie of one of the books. πŸ™‚

  54. Tarwe, the Narnian Elf says:

    Hmm… This looks interesting. I wonder who's going to be playing Lewis and Tolkien… Anyway, I hope that maybe this movie will help make the waiting for the next real Narnia film easier! πŸ˜€ (I know, I know, it's a faint hope! I really wish we could hear something definite!)

  55. Christ's girl says:

    Ok, so I saw Mirror Mirror. I must admit, it had almost a Narnia feel about it. Almost. Not quite as much action perhaps, but it was definately bright and colorful. Over all, a VERY good movie (even if it is slightly childish feeling).

  56. Reepicheeprules says:

    Really? Hmm… I might see it. A Narnia feel must be explored!

  57. Christ's girl says:

    πŸ™‚ and the evil queen (played by Julia Roberts) sort of felt White Witch-ish, except her outfits were way more colorful, and she had almost a quirky feel. Oh, one of the dwarves from PC played one of the dwarves on it!