Big news for fans of the His Dark Materials fantasy series by Philip Pullman: The previously-announced TV adaptation will be penned by Jack Thorne.
The “event series” is being put together at BBC One. Readers may recognize Jack Throne’s name — he’s currently at work on the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opens this summer on London’s West End. He’s also won two TV BAFTAs for This Is England ’88 and The Fades.
“It is such an honor and a privilege to be given this opportunity to delve into Philip Pullman’s world,” said Thorne in a statement to Deadline. “The His Dark Materials trilogy are vast and glorious books full of beautiful characters and I’m going to work as hard as I can to try and do justice to them.”
“I’m delighted to welcome Jack Thorne as writer on the TV dramatization of His Dark Materials,” added Philip Pullman, who will be an executive producer on the series. “Jack is a writer of formidable energy and range, and I’ve greatly enjoyed talking to him and learning about his plans for bringing His Dark Materials to the screen. I’m certain he’ll do a superb job, and I look forward to seeing the whole project develop as he shapes the story.”
The first book in the beloved His Dark Materials series, Northern Lights, was turned into a movie called The Golden Compass starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman in 2007 but underperformed both critically and financially. Sequels were rumored but never came about due to the less-than-stellar box office performance of Golden Compass.
Unlike the film adaptation, it looks like BBC One will be adapting all three books. We have faith that this television adaptation of the three-part book series will exceed The Golden Compass.