To the joy of CS Lewis fans everywhere a movie based on the beloved first book of his Chronicles of Narnia will be released to theaters December 9th this year. I just saw a trailer on E! this morning and it looks unbelievable. Definitely check it out if you enjoy the fantasy genre because this version of the Narnia series (it's not the 1st adaptation) looks even better than LOTR in my opinion.
I remember reading an article a while back about what the director was going to do about the Christian overtones in the book. Many readers have drawn the connection between Jesus Christ and Aslan. Also, the White Witch is often seen as a representation of Satan, or at the very least the danger of submitting to sinful temptation. I really don't really have a problem with its incorporation into a wide-release movie. When I read the books as a kid, I didn't even notice the Christian themes. I was just mesmerized by an amazing group of stories. I don't see a pressing need to whitewash them from the movie. Obviously, I wasn't proseytized (Jew for life!) by the book. I think the Christianity, as it was presented in the book, is subtle enough not to offend any reasonable person, yet also sends a good message to children (the seven books are often cited as allegories of the deadly sins) without being preachy. I couldn't really find a reliable to source to confirm the ultimate decision of the director, but I believe he kept the Christian themes, making sure that they were relegated to the background.
My only fear, and I think it's a well justified one, is the movie will further galvanize the Christian Coalition like The Passion did. I have this image in my head of Tom DeLay getting up on his soap box and comparing Nancy Pelosi to the White Witch. I suppose it would just be giving in to these crackpots, but it would really piss me of if people tried to pervert this beautiful children's story by trying to make it into something political.