Well, the BBC is seemingly hoping to rectify that mistake by making an eight-part His Dark Materials mini-series that will cover the entire trilogy.
Crossing all our fingers that it’s not terrible and that it doesn’t cut out that part where they kill god. Spoilers? Spoilers.
Said Pullman of the news, “It’s been a constant source of pleasure to me to see this story adapted to different forms and presented in different media. …In recent years we’ve seen how long stories on television … can reach depths of characterization and heights of suspense by taking the time for events to make their proper impact and for consequences to unravel.”
“The sheer talent now working in the world of long-form television is formidable. For all those reasons I’m delighted at the prospect of a television version of His Dark Materials.”
The show will be the first commission from the UK/US production company Bad Wolf and HBO has already been granted a non-exclusive first look deal.
It will be executive produced by Pullman, Bad Wolf, New Line Cinema and Scholastic.
Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the so-called ‘compass’ of the title. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called “Gobblers”—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person’s inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.