Report: C.S. Lewis’s ‘Boxen’ Animated Series in Development
It seems that the screen adaptations of C.S. Lewis’s works may extend beyond ‘Chronicles of Narnia’.
Vincent Sieber, Director of the C.S. Lewis Company and producer for Gerwig’s Narnia adaptations, is currently in the process of developing a children’s animated series based on Boxen.
First published in 1985, Boxen was written by C.S. Lewis at 8 years old with his older brother Warnie. The hero of the Boxen stories was a brave mouse named Peter who lived in a medieval country called Animal Land, where animals dressed and spoke like people.
Lewis created a detailed history of Animal Land, their politics and government, and he drew pictures of the main characters along with detailed illustrations of ships and maps of the land.
Although it’s easy to draw comparisons between Boxen and his later writings, Lewis insisted that it and Narnia were two very different places “except the anthropomorphic beasts. Animal-Land, by its whole quality, excluded the least hint of wonder… there was no poetry, even no romance, in it.”
Vincent Sieber was also involved with all 3 Narnia adaptations from Walden Media.
At this time, there is no information about a possible creative team or potential distribution partner for the project.