New Line has hired Hossein Amini (“The Wings of the Dove”, “The Four Feathers”, “Jude”) to pen “The Subtle Knife,” the second part of Phillip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” reports Variety.
The studio is presently in production on a five-month shoot on the first film in the series “The Golden Compass” at Shepperton Studios in London.
Chris Weitz is directing the $150 million “Compass” — to be released late this year — from his own script.
In “The Subtle Knife,” Pullman introduces the character of a 12-year-old boy who has learned the art of travelling between worlds with the use of a knife, and is seeking his missing father.
He soon encounters a vanishing cat and joins forces with the first film’s heroine – 12-year-old Lyra Belacqua.
The hiring of the scribe represents a strong commitment from New Line to go ahead with the next film, despite the studio stating that they would only continue shooting the trilogy if the first performs well.