Disney (*shudder*) has announced plans to make a live-action version of the C.S. Lewis classic 'The Chronicles of Narnia':
As Mel Gibson's blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ" plays to millions of churchgoers nationwide, the Walt Disney Co. is planning to co-finance and distribute the C.S. Lewis children's classic "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."
Disney has struck a deal with Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz' Walden Media on the more than $100 million production, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Andrew Adamson, who directed "Shrek," will begin filming this summer.
Walt Disney Pictures expects a Christmas 2005 release and will retain the option to release future films in the series.
One hopes that they will use the standards set by The Lord of the Rings in making the movies. Never underestimate Disney's ability to blow it, however.
Slowly it begins to dawn on Hollywood that if you make good movies with a serious spiritual message (Lord of the Rings, The Passion, The Chronicles of Narnia) people will support it. Of a more secular nature I also point to the recent Master & Commander--a wonderful film! Look at the quality products that Pixar has put out.
Let's just hope Disney doesn't blow it.
And while we're talking about movies, Christianity Today has a new movie review site that might be worth keeping an eye on.