Release Date: February 16, 2007
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Walden Media
Director: Gabor Csupo
Screenwriter: Jeff Stockwell, David Paterson
Starring: Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Robert Patrick, Zooey Deschanel
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG (for thematic elements including bullying, some peril and mild language)
When producer and screenwriter David Paterson was a boy, his best friend, an eight-year-old girl named Lisa Hill, was struck by lightning and killed. His mother, author Katherine Paterson, used this real-life experience as the basis for her children’s novel Bridge to Terabithia. David Paterson has now produced and wrote the screenplay for this film adaptation of the novel. This film is powerful because it comes from the depth of the soul. Stories can come from no better place.
Review by David Bruce: This story comes from the depth of human tragedy and grief. What do you do when unspeakable joy turns into unimaginable grief? In this case, it was allowing the grieving soul to work through the event through story telling, and the cinematic arts!