Lyra and Giant Bear Iorek Byrnison

HBO to Co-Produce BBC’s ‘His Dark Materials’ Adaptation

For anybody (mostly everybody) disappointed by the 2007 film, word from Vulture is that the BBC and HBO are teaming up to produce a new adaptation of author Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.


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The first of the books, The Golden Compass (Northern Lights outside North America) is set in an parallel universe ruled by a overbearing theocracy and where the human soul exists apart the body in the form of daemon, a sort of animal representation of one’s true nature. The tale follows an orphan living in Oxford named Lyra as she sets off on a fantasy adventure with witches, talking armored polar bears, and travel to other worlds entirely.


The cast includes the likes of Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Tom Hooper, director of The King’s Speech and 2012’s Les Misérables, is set to helm the first two episodes.


Let’s hope they get it right this time. While the first book in the trilogy is a fairly straightforward tale, the sequels quickly turn Lyra’s journey into a sweeping epic about the ultimate fate of the multiverse and all of its untold number of sentient beings. The people at HBO and the BBC are no strangers to producing grand narratives like this, so we’re hoping they can do the source material some justice. Keep your alethiometers handy.


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