The smashing success of Lord of the Rings has other studios looking for fantasy properties of their own. It was only natural that C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books would be among the first selected, with the seven-book series having sold in excess of 85-million books worldwide. In some sort of filmdom cargo cult, it is being filmed, in large part, in New Zealand.
The most interesting part of the story: Unless I misread the Variety piece, the five main characters in Narnia will all be CGI, a la Lord of the Rings’ Gollum. Having a live action film in which all the main characters are computer generated is a first, as far as I know. While white-collar workers in North America worry about offshoring, actors apparently need to worry about being erased altogether.