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Narnia builds Bridge to Terabithia for Auckland

Friday 15 October 2005

Narnia builds Bridge to Terabithia for Auckland

Following hot on the heels of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures have announced plans to base production of Hollywood feature film The Bridge to Terabithia in Auckland.

The decision follows a successful Film Auckland-assisted scout by Walden Media earlier in the year.

"The fact that Walden and Disney are returning to produce more projects in Auckland after Narnia is a credit to the incredible talent we have here and to Auckland's ability to deliver world-class filming infrastructure and capability," said Film Auckland Executive Manager Natasha Christie.

Bridge to Terabithia will be based on the Newberry Medal-winning children's novel of the same name written by Katherine Patterson. The story follows the life of an 11-year-old boy who is changed forever after befriending the class outsider - a girl.

Together they create an imaginary kingdom called Terabithia. It is filled with giants, trolls and all kinds of other magical beings.

Pre-production is believed to be scheduled to start within the next few weeks with principal photography commencing in late January 2006.

The Film will be directed by Gabor Csupo who created the Rugrats and Wild Thornberrys television series and worked on early episodes of The Simpsons.
No further details are available at this time. Film Auckland wishes the production all the best.

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