February 22, 2011
Narnia Producer Found Dead in NY
Perry Moore died last week of an apparent accidental overdose of a painkiller
Moore played a key role in bringing the Narnia films to the big screen, starting with a 2001 letter to the C. S. Lewis Company seeking film rights to the Chronicles for Walden Media. He was just 29 at the time. Five years later, the self-professed "Narnia geek" saw his dream come true when The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe hit the big screen. Moore chronicled his journey in, The Official Illustrated Movie Companion for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (HarperSanFrancisco).
"I'm just the ultimate fanboy living out a fan's dream, because this was my favorite book as a kid," Moore told CT in 2005, just before LWW released. "Narnia kicked off my lifelong relationship with storytelling, with wanting to read everything I could get my hands on—certainly fantasy, though I like to call it 'literature of the ideas.'"