Newsbites: The C.S. Lewis edition!

Just a few quick updates, if I may — belated though one or two of them might be.

1. Eagle Eye co-writer Travis Adam Wright has been hired to write the script for Warner Brothers’ adaptation of Here, There Be Dragons, a novel that casts real-life authors C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Williams as heroes in a fantasy adventure of their own. When I first mentioned this project nearly four years ago, it was going to be produced by Harry Potter producer David Heyman and The Dark Knight scribe David Goyer, but the only producer named in the current news story is Rick Porras, a co-producer and second-unit director on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings adaptation (2001-2003).

2. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is hopping on the 3D bandwagon. The film, which was shot in two dimensions, is one of at least two that 20th Century Fox will convert to 3D before their release in December. (The other such film is Gulliver’s Travels, starring Jack Black.)

In other news, CT Movies ran a curious story last month that gave the makers of Dawn Treader several opportunities to assert that they had learned their lesson and would be more faithful to Lewis’s novels following the box-office disappointment that was Prince Caspian (2008). The thing is, no less an authority on these films than co-producer Douglas Gresham had said only a few months earlier that the changes to Prince Caspian were justified but the changes to Dawn Treader might not be so justified. If CT Movies was aware that the filmmakers have been sending out mixed signals like this, they didn’t bother to pursue that angle.

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  • Warner no longer has the rights on HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS. They reverted in December.

  • "Warner no longer has the rights on HERE, THERE BE DRAGONS. They reverted in December."

    Well, Warner is still distributing AFAIK, but they're no longer producing. That'll be the Gotham Group, which FWIW was involved in The Spiderwick Chronicles, among other things.