Philip Pullman's epic fantasy trilogy is being adapted for the small screen. Variety reports that BBC One is now working on an eight-part TV series based on His Dark Materials. Pullman is already attached as an executive producer, and he's developing the series with New Line Cinema and Bad Wolf, the production company from the execs behind Doctor Who.
"It’s been a constant source of pleasure to me to see this story adapted to different forms and presented in different media," said Pullman in a statement. "It’s been a radio play, a stage play, a film, an audiobook, a graphic novel — and now comes this version for television."
Let's just try to forget the 2007 movie
His Dark Materials follows the adventures of Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry as they explore parallel universes inhabited by witches, armored bears, and daemons. The series began with Northern Lights (what we know as The Golden Compass in the States) back in 1995, and went on to earn critical acclaim with each followup. A film based on the first novel was released in 2007, but received lukewarm to negative reviews at the time. Hopefully, this effort will be a lot better.