Sparking the Big Questions

One of the film's producers talks about the spirituality of Narnia and why TiVo is good news for educational filmmaking.

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Christian audiences are particularly excited for the film. Did you give any specific care to how the production would come across to Christian audiences?

We always make sure the book is the North Star that everyone's following. So as long as you're true to the book and the characters and the key plot points and the themes, everything else will take care of itself. There's really no need to unpack why it's special and significant to different audiences. If everything is done in service to being faithful to the book, then it will all be in the film.

When making a movie from such an iconic book as "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," how do you proceed?

At first, we didn't know how to proceed. We started with a simple Google search. We found that the point person for the C.S. Lewis Company was a gentleman named Melvin Adams. So we did a further search for Melvin Adams, and the only one could turn up was a guy who used to play for the Harlem Globetrotters. So we didn't think it was him, but we had a guy on our staff who had also loved this book, and he--really full time--pursued finding out who had these rights and making sure we had a meeting with them to present our case to them.

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