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Del Toro Rejected to Direct Narnia

Posted: January 4th, 2007 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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CNN posted an interesting interview with director Guillermo del Toro, who reveals that at one point he was asked to direct "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Del Toro went on to explain his reasons, stating that as a lapsed Catholic, he couldn't see himself bringing Aslan the lion back to life.

His upcoming film "Pan's Labyrinth" shows why del Toro's sensibility is somehow both perfectly suited and utterly alien to the gentle "Narnia." He subjects his hero, an 11-year-old girl whose mother has married a captain in Gen. Francisco Franco's army, to shocking violence and vexing moral quandaries.

"I'm not proselytizing anything about a lion resurrecting. I'm not trying to sell you into a point. I'm just doing a little parable about disobedience and choice," del Toro said. "This is my version of that universe, not only 'Narnia,' but that universe of children's literature."

While del Toro was on subject of "Pan's Labyrinth," he stated that he believes the world is harsh and teaching kids that will only benefit them. "I do think there is far more an immoral position in creating a movie like 'Free Willy,' where I'm telling a kid, you know, 'If you swim next to a ... killer whale, she'll become your friend.' ... No! She will eat your ... guts and spit you out! If my child watches my movies by accident, they will not try to think the world is a safe place, which it's not. Children should know the dangers of the world and not be neurotically isolated from them."

Click here to read our review of "Pan's Labyrinth."

Click here to read the entire interview

Source: CNN


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