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Narnia News from the old gray lady

The New York Times has an interesting article on the musical promotion of Disney’s upcoming film based on the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. They’ve released an album of songs inspired by the movie, but so far no soundtrack. Apparently this has something to do with aiming for the religous audience.

I think they’re forgetting their core base here. That being the legion of fantasy fans who made the Lord of The Rings series so successful. All this talk about special screenings, special soundtracks, etc for the religous groups might leave the usual fantasy fan feeling like the unwanted stepchild. (via)

see below the cut for an updated synopsis of the movie:

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Release Date: December 9, 2005

Genre: Fantasy

Cast: Tilda Swinton,
James McAvoy, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Anna Popplewell, William Moseley,
Rupert Everett, Ray Winstone, Dawn French with Liam Neeson (as the voice of
Aslan) and Jim Broadbent

Director:  Andrew

Based on the book by: 
C.S. Lewis

Screenplay by:  Ann
Peacock and Andrew Adamson and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeeley
(credit not final)

Producers: Mark Johnson,
Philip Steuer

Executive Producers:  Andrew
Adamson, Perry Moore

C.S. Lewis’ timeless adventure THE CHRONICLES OF
NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE follows the exploits of the four
Pevensie siblings — Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter — in World War II England
who enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game
of ‘hide-and-seek’ in the rural country home of an elderly
professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, peaceful land
inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has become
a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Under the
guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan, the children fight to
overcome the White Witch’s powerful hold over Narnia in a spectacular,
climactic battle that will free Narnia from Jadis’ icy spell forever.

The film marks the first live-action directorial effort for
New Zealander Andrew Adamson (the Oscar®-winning “Shrek,”
“Shrek 2”), who also co-wrote the screenplay adaptation with Emmy
Award-winner Ann Peacock (HBO’s “A Lesson Before Dying”) and
scribes Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.  The film is produced by
Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Mark Johnson and Philip Steuer.

To bring his dazzling vision to the screen, Adamson has
secured the talents of Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Donald M. McAlpine,
ASC, ACS, Oscar®-nominated production designer Roger Ford, seasoned costume
designer Isis Mussenden, film editors Sim Evan-Jones and Jim May and composer
Harry Gregson-Williams.