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

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 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.

Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: Joy, Poet, Seeker, and The Woman Who Captivated CS Lewis

Cover for Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated CS Lewis

Cover for Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated CS Lewis

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 review we will be looking at Abigail Santamaria’s new biography Joy: Poet, Seeker, and The Woman Who Captivated CS Lewis.

Title: Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman who Captivated CS Lewis

Author: Abigail Santamaria
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN-10: 0151013713
ISBN-13: 978-0151013715

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The Silver Chair Screenplay Status Update from Douglas Gresham

The Silver Chair

The Silver Chair

Douglas Gresham has given an update on the status of the screenplay for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.

David Magee has been writing for over a year now. According to this update, they’re moving some elements of the script around. I suppose the next stage will be a complete script, followed by obtaining a greenlight from a major motion picture studio such as Sony Pictures.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – The Musical – by Irita Kutchmy


Irita Kutchmy is the writer of a musical based on C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Because of licensing rights, this musical has never been performed in the United States or Canada. That being said, you can hear the music. I asked Irita to tell you about how the musical came to be, and where you can find it. (If you want to license it, click here.) Here is her story.

Hello Narnia Fans,

The other week I found myself wondering if there was a Narnia Fans website and I typed it into Google and hey presto, there you were!

So I want to share my story with you…

My favourite book as a child was ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ and I spent a lot of time in my parent’s wardrobe, begging it to let me into Narnia.

My mother and father were both musicians and I inherited their love of music, as at an early age I used to make up little pieces on the piano.

Life took me in the direction of training to be a concert pianist (I went to the Yehudi Menuhin School and The Royal College of Music) and all thoughts of writing music went on hold, though I still dabbled in it from time to time.

However, something happened in 1982 which inspired me to try my hand at composing again.

There was a railway strike in England and I was at my parent’s house and couldn’t get back to my home in Brighton. My mother was a piano teacher at Wimbledon High School and said to me “as you’re stuck here, why don’t you come and see the Junior School perform Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat?”

Little did I know how this would change my life…

The school production was charming and I really enjoyed it and afterwards I chatted to Myrna Stent, who had conducted the performance (my mother had played the piano for the show.)

I told Myrna how impressed I was with the children’s achievement and she said “the trouble is, there isn’t much around for children to perform” and I found myself saying, “I sometimes write things – would you be interested if I came up with something?” and her very words were “you write it and we’ll do it!”

On the way home in the car, the title song for my musical version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe sprang into my head as if from nowhere and I have never experienced anything like it before or since…

The other songs flowed thick and fast within the space of a fortnight, very much inspired by the wonderful pictures by Pauline Baynes who was the illustrator for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Soon after I wrote the musical, I was lucky enough to meet her and she became a very dear friend.

I hadn’t written lyrics before but as I was writing the show ‘just for fun’ I thought – I’ll have a go myself!

Wimbledon High Junior School did the very first performance, conducted by Myrna Stent with my mother playing piano. We called the show ‘The Magic Land Beyond the Wardrobe Door’ as we had been in touch with the publishers of the book and were told that we couldn’t call it ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,’ due to copyright reasons.

Here is a picture of us after the first show, clutching the flowers and cuddly toy ‘Aslans’ we were given. I am on the left, Myrna Stent is in the middle and my mother (Cornelia Kuchmy who spells her surname the original way) is on the right.

The 1st performance

My mother strongly believed in the show and felt that it had a future and she gave me the money to make a demonstration recording and it was put into the the hands of the publishers, Josef Weinberger. Imagine my amazement and delight when the managing director, Richard Toeman, accepted it for publication! I had to add 5 new songs and alter the script but I signed the contract in 1984 and the very first performance of the full length musical was given by Redroofs Theatre School, soon after it was published in 1985. Here is a photo of the flyer for it.

Redroofs School premiere

Now we come to the present day…

The show hasn’t made my fame or fortune but it has been consistently performed by schools and youth theatre groups throughout the UK and Australia which has meant a very great deal to me.

Unfortunately it can’t be performed in Canada or the USA as this restriction was in the contract I signed in 1984 and to this day, I’m not quite sure why and I keep meaning to find out!

However, I feel extremely lucky and privileged to be connected with such a famous book and it is without doubt the musical achievement I am most proud of.

With the wonders of modern technology, it is now possible to bring it to a wider audience and with that in mind I have done two things.

Firstly, I have released a CD (recorded in 1997) on iTunes  (and Google Play) and if you click on the album you can preview all the songs. It’s very jazzy, so won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I wrote it straight from my heart, out of love for the book, so there may be people out there who will want to hear it, or let their children listen to if they are reading the story to them.

Secondly, there is a Facebook page for it where you can read all the details about the recording, should you be interested.

Here is a photo of the front cover of the CD and the lion is a beautiful animal my husband Milo and I saw at a wildlife park a few years ago. The lion had the deepest and most expressive eyes I have ever seen and I said to Milo “that is how I imagine Aslan would look.” So he took a photo for me.


You can’t really see the lion’s eyes with the colour and depth as I remember them that day but I never forgot my ‘Aslan’ moment so I wanted to keep that memory with me…

It is lovely to have the opportunity to share all these thoughts with other Narnia fans and I am very grateful to Paul Martin for arranging for me to tell my story here.

Thank you for reading this and very best wishes to all you fellow Narnia fans out there!

Irita Kutchmy