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More powerful than Wolverine and more charismatic than Magneto, the man best known for producing the “X-Men” series of films, Ralph Winter, has achieved something even Professor Xavier couldn’t dream of accomplishing. Variety has announced that Winter will at long last be producing a big screen version of another C.S. Lewis best seller, the Christian classic “The Screwtape Letters.Walden Media, which also developed “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” will be involved in the development of the project, as will Lewis’ stepson, Douglas Gresham.

The story of a senior devil named Screwtape and his letters to his nephew Wormwood is an unlikely story for a film adaptation, since the book is essentially a long monologue in which Screwtape advises Wormwood on how to corrupt a recent Christian convert. But while “Screwtape” doesn’t offer a lot of action, the possibilities for some awesome casting exist. My personal vote would be for Clive Owen or Edward Norton as Screwtape, and perhaps someone like Ryan Gosling or Orlando Bloom as Wormwood.

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