In Other News

Sideshow Collectibles Not a Narnia Licensee

Posted January 13, 2005 9:36 am by Tirian

A story swirled around the net last week when it was discovered that Sideshow Collectibles (the licensee for Weta and LOTR) had registered the domain NARNIACOLLECTIBLES.COM. It seemed that they might be poised to be the licensee for the Narnia franchise. Sources inside of Disney tell us, however, that Sideshow is not a licensee nor does it seem likely that they will become so. More on this as the story develops.

Production in the Czech Republic

Posted January 13, 2005 9:31 am by Tirian

We’ve learned that the cast and crew will be filming some winter scenes in the Czech Republic for two weeks starting the end of January.

Rhythm & Hues Scanning Lion Teeth

Posted January 12, 2005 9:25 pm by Tirian

We’ve just received this spy report from Meghan: A friend was recently able to visit the Rhythm & Hues workshop out in California and saw a lot of the pieces being used for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Aside from some of the models from the AICN clip, she said that they were using motion capture. She said they were also scanning models of lion teeth into their computers, presumably for use in creating Aslan.

Julianne Moore and Michelle Pfeiffer?

Posted January 4, 2005 5:19 am by Tirian

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has been making virtually everyone’s list as one of the “Most Anticipated Movies of 2005” or “Movies to Watch For in 2005.” Newsweek, and The Ledger were just two examples of news orginizations that put LWW high on the list. On the Fox News Channel a panel of movie experts talked a good deal about LWW when talking about 2005 movies. They said that Hollywood has had its eye on the film ever since the Nicole Kidman rumors. [Note: Nicole Kidman is not in the film!] The character of the White Witch became a desirable role for many actresses, and the fact that they would cast a character actress like Tilda Swinton over interest form Julianne Moore and Michelle Pfeiffer adds to the mystery of the project. That along with the fact that there have been no set photos released, and few interviews also adds to the mystery and anticipation. Thanks to Brett for this run-down!

Actor Severely Injured on Set

Posted December 31, 2004 1:08 pm by Tirian

NarniaFans is reporting that an actor was injured during the LWW shoot. The actor, one of the little people from India, sustained a severe foot injury. After undergoing surgery in New Zealand he was unable to resume normal work, and has returned to India.

Vote For Narnia

Posted December 30, 2004 9:33 am by Tirian

If you’d like to help promote the film, you can vote for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as the most anticipated movie of 2005. Vote at JoBlo.com [warning: some strong language on this site]. The place to vote is right underneath the Popcorn Meter. You can also vote for the film at Movies.com and write a short pre-review at MSN Movies.

More Battle Details Surface

Posted December 30, 2004 9:14 am by Tirian

We’ve gotten some more details about the final battle scene. We hear that when they were filming, there many people running around with green body parts. CG will be used to replace the green body parts with the digital version of the body. For example, a faun-type creature was filmed as a person completely in green with the head of a faun. During the battle, a large bird takes off and swoops in to attack the white witch. A “birds-eye” shot was filmed where the camera takes off from the ground and swoops at high speed down on the witch. Thanks to Ben for this info!

700 Local Extras

Posted December 23, 2004 2:56 pm by Tirian

One of our spies in New Zealand has heard directly from one of the helicopter pilots that there were 700 local extras being used as they were filming the final battle sequence. The size and scope of this battle is going to be huge!

BBC Re-releases Audio Drama

Posted December 21, 2004 11:35 am by Tirian

With the building expectation for the feature-film of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, BBC Audio Books have recently reissued Brian’s classic radio dramatisation of CS Lewis’ entire Chronicles of Narnia (from The Magician’s Nephew to The Last Battle in a limited edition. The seven double-CD sets come handsomely boxed in their own “wardrobe”. More on Brian Sibley’s website.

AICN Sees Narnia Clip

Posted December 13, 2004 10:57 am by Tirian

In their annual 24-hour long movie preview session, Ain’t It Cool News caught a glimpse of some footage from the Narnia film. Their report: “This was mostly a behind the scenes look at the WETA progress being made on the design of the film. Some of the creatures looked frighteningly similar to LOTR while the Minotaur stood out as an exceptionally cool design….. The minotaur from THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE looked photo-real. Nice.” [Warning: Some strong language on this site.]