Following on from making history by scoring three BAFTA nominations last week, acclaimed British scribe Jack Thorne (“Skins,” “The Last Panthers,” “The Fades”) has signed on to pen an event series adaptation of Philip Pulman’s epic fantasy novel trilogy “His Dark Materials” for BBC One.
The novels follow an orphan girl who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Searching for a kidnapped friend, she uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. In the second book, she is joined on her journey by a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds.
The “His Dark Materials” series has been published in more than forty languages and has sold worldwide close to 17.5 million copies. The first book, “Northern Lights,” was adapted into the 2007 Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman film “The Golden Compass” which was a critical and commercial disappointment.
New Line Cinema, who released that film, is producing the event series with the Bad Wolf production company founded by former “Doctor Who” producers Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner.
Pullman, Tranter, Gardner, Toby Emmerich, Carolyn Blackwood, Bethan Jones and Deborah Forte will executive produce.