Philip Pullman has had quite the resurgence in the last 12 months, with the release of the newest book in the His Dark Materials series, The Book of Lyra and now it appears there will be another chance for his world to come to life on screen.
Fans will remember The Golden Compass which starred Nicole Kidman, however, that adaptation of the first book in the series did not capture audiences imaginations in the same way that the Harry Potter film adaptations did. Now according to a number of sources, there will be an 8 part BBC TV adaptation and with the information we have on the project so far, hopes are definitely being raised.
It was reported by Deadline that Les Miserables director Tom Hooper has signed onto to oversee the adaptation which is being produced by BadWolf TV and New Line Cinema for BBC One. It appears that Hooper will also direct at least one of the episodes. The adaptation has also found their heroine Lyra in Logan star Dafne Keen.
Last night (Thursday) Daily Mail theatre and showbiz reporter Baz Bamigboye also reported that Hamilton and Mary Poppin Returns star Lin-Manuel Miranda will play adventurer Lee Scoresby.
Exclusive: @Lin_Manuel cast as balloonist- adventurer Lee Scoresby in 8-part @BBCOne /@BadWolf_TV adaptation of @PhilipPullman #HisDarkMaterials @HisDarkMatTV .Shoots from this summer .Series to be directed by Oscar-winning director #TomHooper. pic.twitter.com/rlqL15JO0X
— Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) March 8, 2018
There are currently no details on who will play Will, the other orphan who lives in a parallel universe to Lyra.
The adaption of the series three novels Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass has been written by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Jack Thorne. Although the series will air on BBC Once in the UK, the production team are in discussions with a number of streaming companies for international viewing rights, and the drama is reported to be one of the most expensive dramas to date.
It has been reported that the drama will film in Wales and on location in undisclosed locations in the Summer, and the drama is expected to air late 2019 or early 2020.
This is definitely an exciting project and with ex Doctor Who producer Julie Tranter and her team (Bad Wolf TV) being involved one can hope that the project will bring Pullman’s world to life more effectively than the 2007 movie.
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