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Peacock pegged to pen ‘Lion’

HBO's 'Lesson' scribe taking book to big screen

Emmy-winning writer Ann Peacock will pen Walden Media’s feature adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

Walden partnered with the C.S. Lewis Co. in December to option seven-part fantasy book series “The Chronicles of Narnia,” of which “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is the second, and best-known, installment.

Peacock first worked with Walden’s Joel Stillerman when she was hired to adapt the beloved novel “A Lesson Before Dying.” The HBO project earned her an Emmy and a Humanitas Prize.

A law professor in South Africa before coming to America with her family, Peacock penned her first script while taking a screenwriting course at UCLA. She based the screenplay, “June the 16th,” on her son’s experience defending the rights of blacks in South Africa. She also wrote Columbia’s “Goodbye Bafana,” which focused on the incarceration of Nelson Mandela and his relationship with his white prison guard.

Upcoming projects include “Country of My Skull,” with John Boorman attached to direct and Samuel L. Jackson to star; “On the Ropes” for director Brad Silberling; “Marines of Autumn” for Irwin Winkler; and “Star Time,” with Joel Schumacher directing Will Smith.

“The Chronicles of Narnia” series has sold over 60 million copies and is currently published by HarperCollins.

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