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Friday, June 16, 2006

Book movies

It looks like we are, in fact, going to see more movies from the Chronicles of Narnia series. Walden Media has scheduled the release of Prince Caspian for Dec. 14, 2007.

I think one of the things I most like about these movie adaptations is that they drive people back to the books. My own personal bias is that no one should leave childhood without getting to visit Narnia at least once--they may not be as enchanted with it as I have been, but at least they will have gotten to visit. (That's C.S. Lewis on the left--the Oxford prof that penned the Narnia series.)

Walden Media may be a company I'll have to watch more closely. They certainly seem to have a knack for recognizing good children's literature. They've adapted Carl Hiaasen's Hoot, E.B. White's Charlotte's Web, and the first in the Narnia series, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Word is that they have also acquired the rights to Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series and a trilogy by Isabelle Allende. I haven't read Allende's books yet, but Cooper's are another one of those classics whose appeal holds throughout the years.

Now, will they please redo the Lloyd Alexander Chronicles of Prydain series? Preferably starting with The Book of Three and ignoring that monstrosity that Disney put out using the title of the second novel?

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