BBC One has commissioned an initial eight-part series based on Philip Pullman’s epic fantasy novel series “His Dark Materials” which will be produced in Wales by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema.
The first part of the trilogy, ‘Northern Lights,’ introduces an orphan who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.
That first part was adapted into the 2007 big budget theatrical feature “The Golden Compass” a few years ago which starred the likes of Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman. That film bombed at the time, leaving plans for a potential major franchise high and dry.
Former BBC executives Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, the duo behind Bad Wolf, will serve as executive producers on the new series along with Pullman, Deborah Forte, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood. “His Dark Materials” has been published in more than 40 languages, and has sold worldwide close to 17.5 million copies.