Walden Adapting The Screwtape Letters


Ralph Winter Productions is producing a bigscreen adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel The Screwtape Letters with Philip Anschutz’s Walden Media, reports Variety. The film will be produced via Walden’s Bristol Bay Productions (Ray, Sahara).

The movie, which Walden hopes to release in 2008, is the company’s second Lewis collaboration following The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which grossed $744 million worldwide. The sequel to that film, “Prince Caspian,” is due out May 16, 2008.

First published in 1942, The Screwtape Letters takes the form of a series of missives from a senior demon, Screwtape, to his wannabe diabolical nephew, Wormwood. As a mentor, Screwtape advises his protege on the finer points of undermining faith and promoting sin. His instructions are interspersed with observations on human nature and Christian doctrine.