minnieI have to admit, outside of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (and the Deathstalker movies, naturally), I’m not really much of a swords-and-sorcery guy. Which means that not only do the endless invitations to join the local NERO chapter fall on deaf ears, but the numerous fantasy films rushing into production seeking to capitalize in the wake of Peter Jackson’s little-person epic don’t exactly frost my lembas bread.

Although now that I’ve seen a bit more on the live-action Chronicles of Narnia flick, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, my interest has certainly been piqued (or “peaked”, as is popular internet mangling). But then, seeing a WETA-designed minotaur become howling horned flesh can do that. I’ve never read the book and can’t recall seeing its animated or made-for-TV incarnations, but this could be really nifty (even though the movie will be competing for attention with WETA’s simian creation King Kong, which opens around the same time next year). Bringing fantasy beasts to life may be an esoteric craft, but these guys sure as Sif know it well.