19/12/2003

Belfast born novelist to get big screen treatment

A series of movies based on the books of a Belfast born novelist are to be given the Hollywood treatment.

Five books in 'The Chronicles of Narnia' series by CS Lewis will follow the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, which were shot in New Zealand.

The first of the books being made will be 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' which is expected to cost around £62 million.

The movie, which will begin shooting next year, is being adapted to the big screen by Shrek co-director Andrew Adamson.

CS Lewis was born Clive Staples Lewis, on November 29, 1898 in Belfast.

After a short stint living in England, following the death of his mother, Lewis returned to Belfast were he attended Campbell College for one term before dropping out due to serious respiratory illness.

He eventually moved back to England were he enlisted in the army and found himself on the front lines during the Battle of the Somme.

'The Chronicles of Narnia' made their debut in 1950 with the first of seven books, 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe'.

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