New Narnia Novel in the offing?
From Scifi News Wire:
In the wake of the success of the Harry Potter series of children's novels, the estate of author C.S. Lewis is gearing up for a new effort to market his classic Chronicles of Narnia books, the New York Times reported. The seven Narnia books tell the story of Aslan, a lion who rules a fantasy kingdom, and the English schoolchildren who visit his world.
Micah's Comment: I'm beginning to think I should state specifically in my will whether my estate has the right to dabble in my universes in my absence, for the sake of profit.
The Lewis estate and its publishers have struck deals to license plush Narnia toys, and HarperCollins said it plans to commission new Narnia novels by unidentified authors--an idea that outrages some fans, the newspaper reported.
The Times also reported that an internal HarperCollins memo suggested that an effort should be made to downplay the novels' Christian imagery and theology--a suggestion that HarperCollins executives subsequently rejected, the Times reported.
So far, the publisher has repackaged nine Narnia books, posted two Web sites (for Lewis and Narnia), created an essay contest and asked contemporary authors to write new forewords, the Times reported. By the fall of 2003 the publisher expects to publish simpler picture books for younger children and a new Narnia novel, the newspaper reported.
David's Comment: A Narnia novel without CS Lewis and without its religious connotations....Erf. But I'll wait and see who they get to write it. Paul Kidd maybe?