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Inklings Movie

Postby Michael » 13 Feb 2009, 18:37

I'm not sure if this has been posted before, but does anyone else think a movie about the Inklings would be a great idea? Who the best casting choices be for Lewis, Tolkien, Sayers and the others?
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Re: Inkings Movie

Postby Stanley Anderson » 17 Feb 2009, 17:16

Unfortunately, many of my choices are already dead, but if they weren't I'd say, for the main characters:

Tolkien - Paul McCartney
Williams - George Harrison
Warnie - Ringo Starr
Lewis - John Lennon
Joy - Yoko Ono

The theme of the movie could be about the breakup of the Inklings after Lewis married Joy and the others thinking that it was her fault that they couldn't meet as a group any more.

Ok, just kidding of course. I was really talking about the B.S. Clueless version in my comments above:-)
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Re: Inklings Movie

Postby galion » 17 Feb 2009, 23:55

Unfortunately Dorothy L. Sayers, if that's who Michael meant, was not an Inkling, though she corresponded extensively with Lewis and Williams. I don't think she knew any of the others - she was indifferent to Tolkien's work, and Tolkien, after initial attraction, came to "loathe" Lord Peter Wimsey "and his creatrix". She certainly never attended an "inkling" - and anyway, she was a WOMAN!

As to who could play her ... listen to my mind boggling :lol:
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Re: Inklings Movie

Postby Leslie » 18 Feb 2009, 01:41

I wonder what the story line could be. For conflict and drama you'd have the tension/dislike between Williams and Tolkien, Warnie's drinking problem, and the sundering of Lewis and Tolkien's close bond, perhaps partly due to Lewis's growing relationship with Joy Gresham, but real life doesn't provide a resolution to any of these that would wind up the story with a good theatrical catharsis. The end of the movie would be fairly gloomy, unless a fictitious happy ending was tacked on.
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Re: Inklings Movie

Postby galion » 20 Feb 2009, 22:03

If the movie was at all honest, the ending(s) would presumably be death - though this need not be gloomy, as I believe somebody once said. But I still can't imagine it.
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Re: Inklings Movie

Postby Leslie » 21 Feb 2009, 04:46

I was thinking gloomy not because some of the main characters die, but because of the surrounding circumstances. Lewis and Tolkien never really mend their rift, Warnie falls to pieces after Jack's death, the Inklings haven't met properly for years ... I dunno ... I can't see a decent story-like ending suitable for a film derived from the real-life events -- not even a bittersweet one.
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Re: Inklings Movie

Postby gameld » 21 Feb 2009, 18:36

first off, applause to stanley for a well-done joke in poor taste. i actually groaned when i realized what it said.

second off, if they were to make a movie, could they possibly end it at lewis' death/ funeral? don't worry about how warnie fell apart or anything like that, but leave it on that high note: the one man who made heaven the most real for so many people gets to see it finally. i think that would be a brilliant ending.
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Re: Inklings Movie

Postby Robert » 25 Feb 2009, 21:14

I don't know, I was thinking of Mel Gibson as Lewis
Tommy Lee Jones as Owen Barfield
Burt Reynolds as Tolkien
...just some possibilities
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Re: Inklings Movie

Postby galion » 25 Feb 2009, 22:33

But Burt Reynolds would have to shave his mustache off, and I'm not sure how well that would sit with him.
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Re: Inklings Movie

Postby Leslie » 26 Feb 2009, 04:43

gameld wrote:second off, if they were to make a movie, could they possibly end it at lewis' death/ funeral? don't worry about how warnie fell apart or anything like that, but leave it on that high note: the one man who made heaven the most real for so many people gets to see it finally. i think that would be a brilliant ending.

Warnie missed the funeral because he was on a bender, already overcome with despair, and he had tried to keep the details of the funeral secret, even though some of the Inklings and others of Lewis's friends managed to find out what was going on and attend it.
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Re: Inklings Movie

Postby The Quangle Wangle » 25 Jan 2010, 17:46

I think the early life of Tolkien would make a good movie - schooldays, the 'TCBS' (his group of school friends, most of whom died in WW1), romance with Edith, service in the war, first beginnings of 'the Silmarilion'. It would make a pretty good story, as well as showing the events that shaped him and were such a large influence on his writing.
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