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"Dragons" Movies Depicts Young Tolkien And Lewis Adventures

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Apr 13 2010, 4:22pm

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: Travis Adam Wright has been hired to adapt "Here, There Be Dragons" and "The Search for the Red Dragon," the first two books in James A. Owen's popular young-adult fantasy series "The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica."

The Gotham Group is producing the feature adaptations, with "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy co-producer Rick Porras also coming aboard to produce. Warner Bros. will distribute the films in the potential franchise.

So far, "Geographica," which Owen also illustrates, includes four novels revolving around a secret book that contains the unpublished maps and journals of history's most famous author-adventurers. Included as protagonists are a young J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, future giants of the fantasy-adventure genre whose famous works are imagined by Owen to have been inspired by these fictional adventures.

Wright said Owen's series is "the best gift any fanboy of Tolkien, Lucas and Spielberg could receive. Here is a character-driven franchise that is both familiar and fresh, where wit and intelligence, not just rifles and regiments, win the day."

The series' publisher, Simon & Schuster, plans to publish seven books, with the fifth novel, "The Dragon's Apprentice," due in stores in the fall.

"James Owen has managed to create a global 'what-if' franchise which subsumes not just the 'LOTR' trilogy and 'The Chronicles of Narnia' but the entire canon of Western literature from Milton to Jules Verne," said Porras, who also is producing "The Lost Patrol" at Legendary Pictures.

Wright, repped by WME and Benderspink, co-wrote the thriller "Eagle Eye" for DreamWorks as well as Paramount's remake of Walter Hill's "The Warriors," which is in development with Tony Scott attached to direct and produce.


Compa_Mighty
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Apr 14 2010, 1:44am

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I've been promoting this books for 3 years now, having posted reviews, and release announcements at Home Site. Mr. Owen, the author, has even posted here, in a couple of threads.

I am thrilled to read this, and really encourage you to pick up the books if you can. Thoroughly enjoyable reads they are! Wink

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dernwyn
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Apr 14 2010, 1:47am

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they'll be choosing, to play John, Jack, and Charles!

I'm assuming the Tolkien Estate has given permission; did Owen need it, to write the books?


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Compa_Mighty
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Apr 14 2010, 5:16pm

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He doesn't have express permit, but it is tolerated since the character is highly fictionalized and doesn't particularly dig deep into the Legendarium. Only vague references are used.

I also know the Lewis Estate have been very cool about it, and that the Tolkien one has been reserved, but hasn't done anything against it, which is something, considering they have no qualms in throwing lawsuits whenever they fell badly about something.

As for the actors, I don't know. James Owen says those main characters will be chosen by the studio, and that he will only recommend some actors for "minor" roles: Malcolm McDowell as Bert and Angus McFadyen as The Cartographer, which has much meaning after book 3. We also have mentioned the possibility of having Johnny Depp reprise his role as James Barrie and Robin Williams as the character in the cavern in book 2, Laura Glue's grandpa. We'll have to wait and see!

Here's to Del Toro becoming the Irvin Kershner of Middle Earth!

Essay winner of the Show us your Hobbit Pride Giveway!


geordie
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Apr 14 2010, 9:37pm

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- Tolkien was known as Ronald to his family and close friends - except Jack Lewis and the Inklings; they called him 'Tollers'.


dernwyn
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Apr 15 2010, 1:29am

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Owen uses "John" for him, in the series.

The author does quite a bit of mixing fact, fiction, and mythology. I agree with Compa that these books are a fun read; I get a kick out of picking up on all the references in them!

You might want to take a browse through "Here, There be Dragons" to get a feel for what is going on.


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




N.E. Brigand
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Apr 15 2010, 2:14am

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James Owen was guest of honor last year at Mythcon. [In reply to] Can't Post

And he was in the audience when David Bratman gave a paper on works of fiction, other than those by the Inklings, in which members of the Inklings appear. Bratman turned last to the work of Owen himself, and his "post facto potpourri", which gets some facts "wrong", but as Owen is "playful rather than conspiratorial", the "errors don't matter".

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geordie
Tol Eressea

Apr 15 2010, 6:24am

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"And that is precisely why ... Owen uses "John" for him, in the series"

- So, why does he use 'Jack', not Clive? (just wondering)





Compa_Mighty
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Apr 15 2010, 3:06pm

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In this world of fiction, Williams and Lewis meet Tolkien during their first adventure, and meet him specifically under John. Tolkien says in book 3 (circa 1930) that everyone he loves calls him Ronald. Lewis asks him whether he would want them to address him as Ronald, then. Tolkien answers he wouldn't, that he had come to associate himself being called John with his adventures in the Archipelago.

Here's to Del Toro becoming the Irvin Kershner of Middle Earth!

Essay winner of the Show us your Hobbit Pride Giveway!

 
 

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