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October 6, 2009

'The Great Divorce' to Get Movie Treatment

Film rights to C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy secured by Beloved Pictures

Heaven has been depicted on the big screen before, but never quite like this -- as the most beautiful landscape you've ever seen, but every blade of grass is so hard it actually hurts your feet to walk on them, and a single leaf so heavy you can't lift it.

Such is the creative depiction of heaven by C. S. Lewis in The Great Divorce--great fodder for a filmmaker with a rich imagination and a love for the work. And now it appears that the story has found just that.

Beloved Pictures announced Monday that it has secured film rights to the story, and that David L. Cunningham (To End All Wars, Seeker: The Dark Is Rising) will direct. Cunningham, 38, is a Christian and the son of Youth With a Mission co-founders Loren and Darlene Cunningham.

The Great Divorce tells the story of one man's journey--on a bus!--from the post-apocalyptic wasteland of a grey town to the outskirts of heaven.

"We are tremendously excited to bring one of Lewis's most profound stories to the screen," said Beloved Pictures CEO Michael Ludlum. "We believe that this story, much like the Chronicles of Narnia, will resonate with a global audience."

Beloved is currently seeking investors for the film, which may begin filming sometime in 2010. A release date has not yet been determined.

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Haven't seen SEEKER, heard it was dreadful, but TO END ALL WARS was a tremendous, powerful film. Hope Cunningham can deliver.

Actually, it is a modernization of the Divine Comedy, depicting Hell as a grey town. Purgatory is the bus ride and the process of learning to overcome oneself to accept the abject reality of Heaven.

If this film is going to add a Fundamentalist treatment, changing Hell for a "post-apocalyptic city," it will be a travesty and completely change the point of the story.

This is one of my favorites and I can't wait to see it on screen. I have high hopes that it won't get watered down or skewed like some film adaptations of Christian fiction have.

Yes, the grey town is NOT a post-apocalyptic city. I surely hope that they stick to the book. It will ruin everything that C.S. Lewis meant it to be if they change the meaning of the grey town, or for that matter, any other part of the book. This will greatly upset fans of the book and C.S. Lewis.

I wonder whether Mr. Cunningham will include the scene where Lewis depicts George MacDonald in heaven admitting that he is wrong about his belief in the ultimate reconciliation of all to God

Woohoohoo....I know the guy who's doing the screenplay...It's gonna be awesome!

I am looking forward to the movie coming out. I'm a fan of George MacDonald, who featured prominently in the book. I hope he features just as prominently in the movie. I wrote an article about George MacDonald and the movie. The link should be under my "website" info.

Taj and niki have got it. I hope the directors don't reduce what Lewis is saying to the Fundamentalist party line.