As reported a number of places over the past week or two, C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters is being made into a film. Here is what CBA’s Aspiring Retail had to say:
Walden Media, the studio behind The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, is joining forces with a well-known Christian in Hollywood, Ralph Winter, who produced X-Men and Fantastic Four, for a big-screen adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. The film, described as “mid-budget,” is slated for a 2008 release. Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham supervised the Wardrobe production and will produce with Winter. The Screwtape Letters was first published in 1942. Variety reported HarperSanFrancisco has sold almost 1 million copies of the trade paperback alone since taking over its publishing in 2001.
The Screwtape Letters is a book I read when I was a new Christian. It’s probably my favorite Lewis novel, although I love The Chronicles of Narnia. It was this book that really opened my eyes to the ways, mostly subtle, the enemy works to disrupt our lives of faith. The novel is, of course, letters written by Screwtape to Wormwood, a demon just learning the ropes of upsetting the life of his human. So how they will translate this to film is beyond me, but it should be interesting.
If you like to listen to audio books, I highly recommend this book as read by John Cleese. If there is another actor who could have portrayed the demon Screwtape better, I do not know who it could be. I bought it years ago on tape, but I recently purchased another copy on Audible.com so that I can have it on CD and/or in my iPod. I don’t have a tape player anymore.