Asbury professors attend Narnia Summit
WILMORE, KY—Two Asbury professors recently attended a Narnia Summit in Los Angeles as guests of Walden Media and 20th Century Fox. Dr. Devin Brown of Asbury College’s English department and Professor Greg Bandy of the media communications department were invited to participate in a two-day event for faith leaders that focused on the upcoming release of the third Narnia film, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Dr. Brown served as a member of a panel that included Micheal Flaherty, president of Walden; Doug Gresham, Lewis’s stepson and executor of the Lewis estate; Michael Apted, the film’s director; and Mark Johnson, the producer for the series. Renowned radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt moderated the lively discussion. The weekend culminated with a storyboard walk through the film hosted by Mr. Apted and a screening of early footage from the film in the Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox studios.
Dr. Brown remarked, “The entire weekend was terrific. Doing anything with Micheal Flaherty is always great—he is one of the most charismatic, most brilliant, and most generous people I have ever worked with. Having the chance to interact with the faith leaders who attended the summit was also a real highlight. Douglas Gresham was inspiring. After hearing Michael Apted and Mark Johnson speak and after seeing the early footage, I am very confident that Lewis’s great story is in great hands.”
Prof. Bandy added, “I initially had some concerns about how they were going to create an engaging cinematic climax for this particular Narnia story, but the writer and film makers have handled it beautifully. I’m extremely excited about what I saw.
“Fox and Walden have two master storytellers at the helm in Michael Apted and Mark Johnson. They are certainly making the investment in the required special effects for a magical epic of this nature, but more importantly they’ve crafted a beautiful story that appeals to so many ages, just like the books!”
Dr. Brown teaches a class on C. S. Lewis at Asbury. His third book on Lewis and Narnia, Inside the Voyage of the Dawn Treader, will come out in September. Plans are already underway for Narnia Night III at Asbury to coincide with the December release of the film.