December 21, 2003
The Lion, the Witch, and New Zealand
Nzoom.com, the homepage for New Zealanders, reports:
Hard on the heels of the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it has been confirmed that another epic fantasy will be filmed in New Zealand.
New Zealand director Andrew Adamson, the man behind Shrek, will bring to life the C.S Lewis classic The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe with a budget of more than $150 million.
- Huzzah! The Chronicles of Narnia on the big screen! (Yes, I know there have been movies, and yes, they delighted me in my youth, but please. They were made for television.)
- The man behind… “Shrek”? Well, we’ll see.
- Funny how New Zealand is basically the Shared Vision of Our Heroic Past now. From “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” to “The Return of the King,” if it’s not New Zealand, it must not be epic!
- A mountaineer friend remarked, after seeing the stunning mountain vistas in ROTK: “I don’t know… some of them looked awfully Himalayan.”
- I take it back. There’s nothing inherently heroic about New Zealand. It’s just the landscape that’s easiest to digitally augment with mountains, towers, samurai, talking lions, etc.
- Actually, no. I was right the first time. There is something inherently heroic about New Zealand.
- And it’s not just the mountains. New Zealand subsidizes film like crazy.