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Director Norman Stone Talks About His New C. S. Lewis Film — Which Is Much More than a Biography

David Klinghoffer
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Editor’s note: To mark the release on November 3 of the new C. S. Lewis biopic, The Most Reluctant Convert, we are running a series of articles exploring C. S. Lewis’s views on science, mind, and more.

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John West had a really interesting conversation with director Norman Stone about Stone’s upcoming C. S. Lewis film, The Most Reluctant Convert. There are some very creative aspects of the movie — it’s no mere straightforward biographical treatment. In explaining how he came to the project, and why he made certain decisions in completing it, Stone shows himself to be quite a thoughtful artist. John West is also an impressive Lewis scholar and makes a great interlocutor. The discussion covers, among other topics, the role of science and the occult in Lewis’s thinking. At the end, they talk about future Lewis projects including what it would take to adapt That Hideous Strength for the screen. Stone explains why, despite the novel’s eerie timeliness, it would not be easy. If it were done right, he allows, “The severed head could stay.” Well, that’s a relief.

I think you will find this interview a fitting and welcome introduction to the film, which will premiere across the United States for one night only on November 3. More information about tickets is here.

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.

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