The calls and the homework will have to wait since I have to be at a screening of The Women at 7:30, but the rights to make a fact-based, Born Free-like film about a lion named Christian who was born and raised in London for a year (from 1969 to ’70) and was then introduced to the wilds of Africa was recently bid upon by three studios — and Columbia triumphed, I’m told, with Neil Moritz (Vantage Point, The Green Hornet) slated to produce.

Read the Wikipedia page about Christian, and then watch the video above (and try to ignore the godawful music track). The affection is obviously real. How can this not work? Even I would see it and probably like it. If it isn’t overly sweetened and sentimentalized, that is.