For the novel, see Bridge to Terabithia (novel). For the movie adaptation of 2007, see Bridge to Terabithia (2007 film). Bridge to Terabithia was the name of a telefilm shot in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for PBS in 1985, starring Annette O'Toole, Julian Coutts, and Julie Beaulieu. The film is based on the children's novel of the same name by Katherine Paterson. The story was based on David L. Paterson's real life friend, Lisa Hill, who was struck by lightning and killed when they were eight years old. In a 2007 interview, David L. Paterson, the son of Katherine Paterson, real-life inspiration for the main character, and screenwriter for the later 2007 movie version, referred to this version as being "like the crazy cousin that nobody talks about" and goes on to say that "no one on our side was either involved with it or happy with the final product."