Fantasy Epic, His Dark Materials, Comes To Television

Fantasy Epic, His Dark Materials, Comes To Television

A journey through parallel universes is heading to your TV, an adaptation of His Dark Materials.

Sir Philip Pullman is the author of His Dark Materials trilogy. The three books, Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass were released in 95, 97 and 2000 and have gone on to become popular with readers of all ages.

The plot of the books follows two main characters, two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry as they take a journey through a series of parallel universes.

The story has already been adapted into several mediums including for radio, theatre and the big screen whereupon the first book was adapted into the film The Golden Compass, the US title of the first book.

The Golden Compass didn’t perform well enough at the box office and the adaptation stopped there.

In 2015, the BBC announced that will adapt the story for television with Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema producing the series that will also be broadcast on HBO in the US.

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Whilst the show was still in production late last year, the BBC confirmed that an order has been placed for a second season.

While a short tease had already been broadcast a few months ago, this is our first proper look at this new adaptation. Amongst others, the series stars Dafne Keen who was last seen as the mutant daughter of Logan (Wolverine) in the 2017 film of the same name and James McAvoy, most recognisable as the young Charles Xavier in the recent films of the X-Men franchise.

No broadcast date has been revealed for His Dark Materials in either the UK or the US except it’s coming in 2019.

About His Dark Materials | Adapting Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, the first season follows Lyra, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets Will, a determined and courageous boy. Together, they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living — and the dead — in their hands.

John Abbitt

About the author | John Abbitt

@UKFilmNerd | John loves film, and he used to write for his own website, The Tydirium Hangar Bay, in the late 1990s. Whilst that website became lost in the passages of time, John's love of film did not. He's back, writing for The Unheard Nerd.

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