TV adaptation of His Dark Materials in development at the BBC

pullman_his_dark_materialsPhillip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, will be heading to television soon. An eight-episode series is currently being developed by BBC One, with New Line Cinema and Bad Wolf co-producing, according to a report on Games Radar.

The first book in the trilogy, The Golden Compass, was previously adapted into a film back in 2007 starring Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, and Eva Green. The film, unfortunately, opened to mixed critical reception and failed to get the financial success and popularity studios had hoped for, and thus plans for the sequels were dropped.

This time, Pullman is also on board as executive producer of the project. According to Games Radar, Pullman expressed his enthusiasm about this new venture:

“It’s been a constant source of pleasure to me to see this story adapted to different forms and presented in different media. It’s been a radio play, a stage play, a film, an audiobook, a graphic novel – and now comes this version for television.”

HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogyHis Dark Materials is comprised of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. The trilogy chronicles the adventures of Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry in parallel universes with witches, talking polar bears, and daemons. The series tackles serious themes including philosophy and theology, and has many religious elements.

His Dark Materials will soon be airing on BBC One. Watch this space for more details.