July 28, 2009
Newsbites: The children's literature edition!
Many other little facts about the film have been collected and collated by the indefatigable fans at NarniaWeb.com, such as: cinematographer Dante Spinotti plans to use the same digital camera on this film that he used on Michael Mann's Public Enemies; the Dufflepuds may be CGI; and the new cast members will include Bruce Spence as Lord Rhoop. Spence has had small parts in a number of threequels, including The Matrix Revolutions (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), but he may be best-known among genre buffs for his parts in the last two Mad Max movies (1981-1985).
2. Paramount is developing a new film version of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, the Robert C. O'Brien novel that was previously turned by Don Bluth into an animated film called The Secret of NIMH (1982). Neil Burger, director of The Illusionist (2006), is working on the script, and former Walden Media executive Cary Granat is on board to produce. It has been suggested that the new film may be getting the go-ahead because of the popularity of recent rodent movies such as Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) and G-Force, the latter of which was #1 in the United States this past weekend (though only #3 in Canada). -- Hollywood Reporter
3. Harry Potter director David Yates says the two halves of Deathly Hallows will be very different from one another. The first film "is very veritÃ© and documentary and edgy and on the road," and it will feature "a lot of hand-held camera work," while the second film will "bring that fantasy world back in full Cinemascope" and be "a big opera basically, a great big epic with huge battles and very oddly moving, because it concludes the whole saga really. So they're two very different films." Oh, and Bill Nighy -- one of my favorite actors -- will be playing Rufus Scrimgeour, the new Minister of Magic. -- ComingSoon.net, Vanity Fair, BBC News
4. Framelight Productions is developing a film series based on Ian Beck's The Secret History of Tom Truehart and its sequels. The fantasy novels concern "a young boy and his older brothers in the Land of Stories." -- Hollywood Reporter