Disney to make 'The Chronicles of Narnia' azcentral.com March 3, 2004 LOS ANGELES - Fresh off the Academy Awards success of "The Lord of the Rings," another fantasy epic is making its way from the page to the screen. Walt Disney Studios and Walden Media announced Monday they are co-financing "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," adapted from the second installment of C.S. Lewis' seven-book fantasy series. Directed by Andrew Adamson ("Shrek," "Shrek 2"), the live-action "Narnia" adaptation is scheduled for release around Christmas 2005. Future films in the series could follow. "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" follows the adventures of four children transported to a magical land called Narnia. " 'The Chronicles of Narnia' were an important part of my childhood just as they are to millions of fans around the world," Adamson said. "I hope to bring to the screen a movie that is as real to the audience as Narnia was to me as a child."