Max McLean’s cinematic adaptation of his stage-play The Most Reluctant Convert has wrapped production in the United Kingdom. According to Deadline, the production has officially wrapped principal production and is on track for a 2021 release date.
“Shot in and around Oxford, the film charts the spiritual journey of the renowned writer prior to the publication of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and before his marriage to Joy Davidman. The film reveals Lewis as an Oxford Professor in 1950 looking back to the period of his youth from 1908 to 1931 when he slowly and reluctantly changed his views from atheism to Christianity…
The film is financed by New York City-based faith company Fellowship for Performing Arts (FPA) of which McLean is founder and artistic director, and rights were licensed from The C.S. Lewis Company…
“With our theatrical tours cancelled due to COVID, we moved up the film production schedule to jump on this opportunity to bring Lewis’ story of faith to life in the exact locations where they actually took place,” McLean said.”Deadline, December 9, 2020, 2:49AM-CT
McLean is the creative director of the Fellowship for the Performing Arts, one of the largest Christian media production companies in the United States. The company is most well renowned for its production C.S. Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert, which is adapted from Lewis’s book Surprised by Joy.
The company has also staged productions of Paradise Lost, Shadowslands, Martin Luther on Trial, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, the Book of Genesis and the Book of Mark. Filmed performances for several of these plays are available on DVD.
The Most Reluctant Convert is the largest production FPA has produced yet and represents their first foray into film. The film stars Max McLean as C.S. Lewis as well as numerous stars portraying his contemporaries like JRR Tolkien and Owen Barfield at different stages of his life. The film was directed by Norman Stone who also directed the original BBC production of Shadowlands.