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TheLionWitchWardrobe(1stEd)

During the early 1990s, producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy were planning a film version. They could not find a space in Britain to shoot the film during 1996, and their plans to set the film in modern times[1] made Douglas Gresham oppose the film,[2] in addition to his feeling that technology had yet to catch up.[1] It would have had the siblings as Americans going to England since Edmund steals CDs. The Turkish Delights were also going to replaced by cheeseburgers.[3] Perry Moore began negotiations with the C. S. Lewis estate in 2000.[4] On December 7, 2001, Walden Media announced that they had acquired the rights to The Chronicles of Narnia.[5]

The success of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone prompted the producers to feel they could make a faithful adaptation of the novel set in Britain. "Harry Potter came along, and all those cultural or geographical lines were broken," Mark Johnson explained. "When The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe was being developed at Paramount, the imperative was to set it in the U.S., and it just doesn't hold. [...] It's not the book."[6] Guillermo del Toro turned down the offer to direct due to his commitment on Pan's Labyrinth.[7] Following an Academy Award win for Shrek, director Andrew Adamson began adapting the source material with a 20-page treatment based on his memories of the book. As such the film begins with the Luftwaffe bombing and concludes with an enormous battle, although they do not take up as much time in the novel.[4]

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