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Monday, February 05, 2007

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Nick

My reaction is, "please don't". The narrative style of the series makes it incredibly difficult to see it made into a film. Encourage people to *read* it we don't have to *see* everything.

MenTaLguY

Indeed... I'm having an incredibly difficult time even imagining an approach in film that could work.

The best I could imagine in the usual idiom would probably be something like a film about the life of Wormwood's "Patient", punctuated by Screwtape's voice-overs. One would need to fill out a lot of details of the Patient's life to make that work narratively, however, and that could easily go very badly.

What would be much worse, however, would be the appearance of a computer-generated Screwtape or Wormwood onscreen. Which is what's implied by "mostly live action"...

Brian John Schuettler

Some things are better left undone.

MenTaLguY

...and then there's Hollywood. :P

Cristina A. Montes

I agree with MentalGuy. I doubt if this thing could work.

"What would be much worse, however, would be the appearance of a computer-generated Screwtape or Wormwood onscreen. Which is what's implied by "mostly live action"..."

C.S. Lewis was warning precisely against this in "The Screwtape Letters". In one letter, Screwtape advised Wormwood the strategy of tempting the patient not to take the existence of the devil seriously, and if the patient does entertain thoughts that the devil exists, Wormwood could let the patient think that the devil is simply a creature wearing red tights.

mark p

I'm with everybody else on this one. I enjoyed the book immensely, but I don't see how it translates into a movie.

Regardless, hopefully it will generate renewed interest in the book.

MenTaLguY

Cristina: bingo.

Sandra Miesel

Not only do I agree with all above that this is a bad idea, so does My Son the Media Buff. And he loved the John Cleese audio version.

les

The devil is in the details.

Leticia Velasquez

Sorry to disagree, folks, but in this media-oriented culture this book is far less likely to be read than in Lewis's day, and the message is more relevant than ever. I believe it's better that the public be convinced of the reality of the devil's existence in a movie than not at all.
Maybe then, they'll read the book.

Leticia Velasquez

Sorry to disagree, folks, but in this media-oriented culture this book is far less likely to be read than in Lewis's day, and the message is more relevant than ever. I believe it's better that the public be convinced of the reality of the devil's existence in a movie than not at all.
Maybe then, they'll read the book.

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