Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: Bandersnatch: CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews where we review any and all books written by, about, and inspired by CS Lewis, The Land of Narnia, and The Inklings. For today’s book review we will be looking at Diana Pavlac Glyer’s new book Bandersnatch: CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings.
Title: Bandersnatch: CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings

Author: Diana Pavlac Glyer

Illustrator: James A Owen

Publisher: Kent State University Press ( December 8,2015)

ISBN-10: 1606352768

ISBN-13: 978-1606352762

Bandersnatch book cover

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The Silver Chair is both a Relaunch and a Reboot?

The Silver Chair

The Silver Chair

Mark Gordon was interviewed by Collider recently, and they took the opportunity to ask about the status of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.

Mark Gordon’s comments confirmed that they’ll be re-casting Eustace.

He told Collider: “We’re hoping to be able to make the movie very shortly. We’re very excited about it.”

When asked if we’d see any of the cast from the prior movies, he answered: “No, it’s all going to be a brand new franchise. All original. All original characters, different directors, and an entire new team that this is coming from.”

So that means no Andrew Adamson and no Michael Apted. The question is… does this mean no Liam Neeson as Aslan? (Side note: Brian Cox was originally cast as Aslan before Neeson came on board and replaced him after Cox’s voice changed when he lost a bunch of weight.)

But what does “all original characters” mean? Collider asked him “to clarify if these were entirely new character creations or existing characters in the Narnia mythology that have yet to get the movie treatment, and he confirmed the latter. The new characters will come ‘from the world’ of Narnia.”

I’m guessing this also means a new logo style, new look for Aslan, and a new feel for the franchise. Some have thought the movies were trying to be “The Lord of the Rings” for kids. I’ve appreciated it, but I’m curious to see where it goes from here.

Will they go far enough to make Narnia feel like its’ own thing?

And what is actually meant by this being a “brand new franchise?” Does this mean they eventually plan to go back and re-make the other three films? I’m not really sure that it’s a good idea to start in the middle of the story like this, and then go back…

Either way, we’ll see what happens next!

CS Lewis: In His Majesty’s Secret Service

The Wartime record of CS Lewis during the first World War has been well documented in his letters and biographies, and most fans of his work know of his wartime broadcasts that in time became the book Mere Christianity. However, a recently uncovered recording sheds light on a still classified part of his life: his work with the government organization known as MI6 during World War II.

No, he didn’t go on any dangerous missions to tangle with the likes of Ernst Blofeld or Auric Goldfinger, but Lewis’ C.S. Lewisservice to his country was something even more important. Harry Lee Poe at Christianity Today sheds some light on this through a recently discovered audio recording.


Below is an excerpt from the article:

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Douglas Gresham talks about the filming order and why The Silver Chair is next

Douglas GreshamThe next video has been released from a conversation with Douglas Gresham about The Silver Chair. In this video, he talks about the reasoning for the order of the movies, starting with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and going all the way through to The Silver Chair. The reason? Because of the actors and/or characters.

Why is The Silver Chair the next Narnia movie? Find out…

Posted by Narnia Fans on Saturday, November 14, 2015

New C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien Book: Bandersnatch

Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the InklingsA new book is coming that highlights the creative collaboration of the Inklings. It’s by Diana Pavlac Glyer (author of The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community) and features illustrations by James A. Owen (author and artist of The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica).

This one is called Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings and it’s available to pre-order now!

C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings met each week to read and discuss each other’s work-in-progress, offering both encouragement and blistering critique. How did these conversations shape the books they were writing? How does creative collaboration enhance individual talent? And what can we learn from their example?

Bandersnatch offers an inside look at the Inklings of Oxford, and a seat at their table at the Eagle and Child pub. It shows how encouragement and criticism made all the difference in The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and dozens of other books written by the members of their circle. You’ll learn what made these writers tick, and more: inspired by their example, you’ll discover how collaboration can help your own creative process and lead to genius breakthroughs in whatever work you do.

Pre-order Bandersnatch 

R.I.P. Bruce L. Edwards, Narnia and C.S. Lewis Scholar, Retired Bowling Green Professor

Dr. Bruce L. EdwardsDr. Bruce L. Edwards Jr., of Willow, Alaska, passed away on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Methodist West Hospital in Katy, Texas.

He was born on September 5, 1952 to Betty Lou (Klever) and Bruce L. Edwards Sr. in Akron, Ohio. On September 28, 1973 he married Joan (Lungstrum) Edwards.

Bruce L. Edwards, Professor Emeritus of English and Africana Studies at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He served as a faculty member and administrator at BGSU for 31 1/2 years. He has served as Fulbright Fellow in Nairobi, Kenya (1999-2000), a Bradley Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC (1989-90), and as the S. W. Brooks Memorial Professor of Literature at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (1988).

Bruce was born in Akron, OH, attending the Akron City Public Schools. He graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1977, and received his Masters Degree in English from Kansas State University in 1979. He earned his Ph.D. in Literature and Rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981, writing his dissertation on the literary criticism of C. S. Lewis.

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Eustace to be recast for The Silver Chair

Eustace Clarence ScrubbEvery day we get closer to the announcement of production on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. We don’t know when that day will come, but we believe that it’s only a matter of time.

We’ve heard through the grapevine that the role of Eustace Clarence Scrubb is going to be recast. It makes sense, though. When they filmed The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader it was 2009. A year later, Will Poulter had grown about a foot taller. He was 16 when they filmed, and is now 22. It’s the unfortunate realities of a film series that is live action, that has very long gaps between each film produced.

It’s still far too early to know any possibilities for actors that could play Eustace this time around, and we’ve been e-mailed many times over the years by many hopeful girls that wanted the role of Jill Pole. We can’t help with that, though.

Stay tuned for more as we learn it!

Broadway World interviews Douglas Gresham about Horse and His Boy Stage Play

The Horse and His BoyThere’s a stage version of The Horse and His Boy that is currently running in the Philippines. Learn about it from this interview with Douglas Gresham from Broadway World. If you’ve seen the show, please let us know and send us a review!

What made you choose to entrust the stage adaptation of “The Horse and His Boy” to Trumpets, apart from it being a Christian theater group, which earlier produced a stage adaptation of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”?

I think you have answered your own question. To start with there is no “apart” from being a Christian Theatre Group, and not all cast and crew members of Trumpets are Christians. But the fact that they produced one of, if not the, most beautiful and moving versions of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” ever to grace stage, would surely be reason enough in itself. Such design, such a show, such music, such a cast, such a crew! And Jesus too! What’s not to trust?

You were very hands-on with anything concerning “Narnia”–its films, merchandise, et. al–how hands on were you with this stage adaption of “The Horse and His Boy”?

I still am. [Playwright] Luna Griño Inocian, and indeed Trumpets, in general, and I have built a bond of trust over the years that we have known each other and worked together now and then. I always feel honoured to be even a small part of any of Trumpets productions. Luna sends her scripts to me and I make comments and sometimes ask for changes or suggest changes. This is a part of my everyday life with scripts that come in from all over the world but in Luna’s case the changes and suggestions are always minimal. I evaluate the script and stay in touch with Luna throughout the procedure of getting things up and running. I usually get to see and comment on the advertising materials too and again Trumpets are very good at that kind of thing. So far Trumpets have been free of any serious glitches. So albeit, from a long way away, I guess I am as hands on as I need to be.

The Horse and His BoyDo you foresee this stage production of “The Horse and His Boy” traveling beyond the Philippines?

I really don’t know. I very much wanted (and still want) their musical production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” to travel across the world but have been unable to bring this about–so far. But in any case I will have to see the show before even thinking about that kind of question.

Are you and Walden Media still on track to produce the movie adaptation of “the Horse and His Boy”?

No, Walden Media no longer have anything to do with the production of any future Narnian films. We and Walden parted company some time ago. Actually I think that Walden is no longer a production company, but more a film financing company.

Was the stage adaptation of “The Horse and His Boy” in 1990 the first of its several media adaptations, including a radio dramatization in 2003?

Possibly. I was not deeply involved in such matters at that time as I was busy raising children and running a large dairy farm and other businesses in Tasmania.

“The Horse and His Boy” plays Meralco Theatre, Meralco Bldg., Ortigas Ave., Meralco Center, Pasig City from Friday, November 6, to Sunday, November 22.

For tickets (P836-P2,090), call TicketWorld at (632)891-9999 or visit ticketworld.com.ph.

Walden Media Selling Film Library

Walden MediaThis morning, Variety broke the news that Walden Media, the studio behind the first three movies in the Chronicles of Narnia series, is selling it’s film library. The report reads:

“Walden Media is selling its film library, Variety has learned.

Best known for family fare like “Bridge to Terabithia” and the “Chronicles of Narnia” series, Walden plans to use all of the money it receives from the sale to fund future productions. The company plans to make up to four films annually and is branching into television.

No deal has been finalized, but the company has identified several interested buyers for the 46 films it is selling. Upcoming projects will not be included in the auction. Deloitte is handling the sale.”

The report goes on to say that in 2013 the studio suffered a series of layoffs and dialed down it’s output due to studios cutting the number of films the release annually. No word on what this means for the Narnia franchise, but stay tuned to NarniaFans.com for more details on this breaking news.

Source: Variety

[Editor’s Note: This won’t effect the production of any future Narnia movies as those rights are now with the Mark Gordon Company. What this could do, potentially, is bring the three current Narnia films under one roof so they could be released as a single box set. That’s all a guess at this point. The Narnia films were all co-productions with other major studios that could stop that from happening. I’ve never seen anything like this before, so it’ll be interesting to see how this works out.]

Douglas Gresham talks Narnia 4: Silver Chair screenplay again, lessons from other Narnia movies

The Chronicles of Narnia 4: The Silver ChairThey’ve released another part of the interview conducted with Douglas Gresham regarding the screenplay for Narnia 4: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair. In this update, he talks about what he learned from the productions of the first three Narnia films, and how that experience has changed a lot of what The Silver Chair might have been. The large setting of three characters walking across the landscape of Narnia for about two hours doesn’t really make a very compelling movie, so things are going to happen. What things? We’ll have to wait and see.

Gresham goes on to talk about what he feels Lewis meant Narnia to be when he was writing the chronicles, as well as his hopes for people as they are exiting the theatres.