Off the Shelf: The Lion, The Professor And The Movies

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The Lion, The Professor And The Movies: Narnia’s Journey To The Big Screen

By Mark Joseph

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe had experienced the second largest December opening in film history. In a few short months it went on to become the largest-grossing film in history in the international marketplace. Thus began the opening shot in a 10-year saga that may see all seven books in the Narnia series on the big screen. But where did these films come from? How were they made? How did these become some of the biggest films in history? Why did it take so long to bring them to the big screen? How were they marketed? What is the message of the films? How did Disney, a studio targeted for boycott by the Religious Right, become the distributor? Who was C.S. Lewis and what did he believe?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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