What has been your role in the production?
I’ve really entrusted it to David, but there were a couple of times when he needed me to write a letter or make a phone call. And that’s the difference between Walden and many studios – they pay attention to the writer. 

Can you give me example of an issue that David got you involved in?
Well, there are a number of places in the film that are very un-Hollywood.  They always question these things. They’re movie people.  They think dramatically, and they want things dramatic for the screen.  And I understand that it can’t be exactly like the book.  But I wanted it to have the spirit of the book and preserve the true story.  And it’s remarkably faithful to the story.  I saw it two weeks ago in Seattle. They had a special pre-screening for the library association, which is a very fussy audience. They just loved it and couldn’t believe how close to the book it had remained.

What was the biggest change?
Contemporizing it from the 1970s to the present.  But I’m okay with that. 


“Bridge to Terabithia” is rated PG for thematic elements including bullying, some peril and mild language.  It opens nationwide in theaters on Friday, February 16, 2007.  Click here for more information.