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BBC adapting Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials for television

Here's an interesting news story that went under the radar yesterday; the BBC are adapting Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials for television. Jack Thorne, who wrote This Is England and The Fades will be developing the project, which will apparently span forty episodes over five series, with the first series comprising eight episodes.

And here is the synopsis released by the BBC...

"His Dark Materials is one of the supreme works of imaginative fiction for both children and adults published in the 20th century. Northern Lights introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. In The Subtle Knife she is joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds and leads to a thrilling conclusion in The Amber Spyglass." - BBC

Pullman's first novel was released as a film in 2007; The Golden Compass failed to launch the successful movie franchise New Line were hoping for. Now Producer Jane Tranter will be overseeing production of the show in Wales this Autumn.

On the announcement of the new project, an enthusiastic Jack Thorne made the following statement:

""It is such an honour and a privilege to be given this opportunity to delve into Philip Pullman's world. What I always loved about Bad Wolf's intentions with this project was the notion of sounding every note. 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." - BBC

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