With the beloved works of Tolkien and C.S.Lewis being made into films and the fans, particularly of Tolkien, looking forward to the upcoming Peter Jackson version of The Hobbit, the makers of The Lion Awakes feel the true life relationship dramatised on film of the authors would be of interest to Christians and non-Christians alike.
The film is primarily about C.S. Lewis’ conversion to Christianity, producers Three Agree Films, believe this is a story that needs to be told. The only other dramatisation of C.S.Lewis’ life was in the film Shadowlands, which didn’t dwell on his early life.
Citing the recent success of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Walden Media’s Narnia films, and The King’s Speech (The Lion Awakes depicts Lewis’s wartime radio broadcasts that formed the foundation for Mere Christianity), filmmaker Louis Markos is confident that interest in Lewis and Tolkien is sufficient to draw both Christian and non-Christian audiences to the film.
Three Agree films is hoping for a 2013 release of The Lion Awakes to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s death.
From the filmmakers:
“This film will reach out in the most honest and meaningful way possible, to explore the extraordinary and hitherto untold story of the faith and friendship between C.S Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien.
J.R.R Tolkien has never been portrayed on the big screen, nor has the interplay between these two literary giants been told in the grand and compelling manner that the story demands.
The Lion Awakes will witness the carnage that both men endured in the trenches of WWI. And you will see how C.S (Jack) Lewis found redemption during WW2 by addressing Britain in her darkest hour, becoming the second most recognized voice on the radio after Winston Churchill.
You will discover how these incredible writers encouraged each other to explore and develop their fantasy worlds of Narnia and Middle-Earth, leading each man to become the author of a billion dollar franchise!
In 1941 London was attacked for 76 consecutive nights and bombs fell like black rain from the evening sky. In Britain’s darkest hour the BBC turned to the most unlikely of men, to address his nation about hope – when all hope seemed lost.
‘C. S. Lewis was a boy of imagination, thrust into the killing fields of WWI. As the boy grew to become a man of doub,t the war built a wall against all belief.
A man named J.R.R Tolkien challenged his doubts and fired his imagination. Brick by brick, the wall began to crumble and the lost joy of childhood returned. Before they created their worlds of Narnia and Middle-earth, Lewis and Tolkien had to make their journey to faith, to fantasy and to a world in desperate need of their voices.
And before creating his mythical Lion C. S. Lewis discovered his dreams were less important than his calling.
And his calling would change the world …”
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