Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials saga is one of those of books that, if you read it at the right time and were just so in tune with what it was offering, was destined to change your life. I know it did for me. Few books have utterly consumed me the way his did. So you could imagine my delight when, in 2007, we got a movie. Sure, it has the silly American title of The Golden Compass and sure they basically chickened out on the book’s stridently secularist and anti-religion stances, but look at that cast. Nicole Kidman WAS Mrs. Coulter! Sam Elliott WAS Lee Scoresby. Surely it wouldn’t be all that bad and oh yeah that movie was distressingly bad. We must never speak of it again. And hopefully, now we’ll get the adaptation we deserve!
BBC One and HBO have joined forces for His Dark Materials, the newest teaser trailer for which dropped today. You can watch it below.
Not to jinx it or anything but I am cautiously optimistic! No joke, this looks like it’s got the tone of the books down, and talk about a great cast. Dafne Keen blew us all away in Logan and has the right spark to be Lyra. James McAvoy seems a bit young for Lord Asriel but you can definitely see him dealing with those tangled emotions. Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter is genius. Lin-Manuel Miranda is all wrong for Lee Scorseby but are you gonna hear me complain about Lin-Manuel Miranda being in anything? I would never blaspheme in such a manner.
Hopefully BBC don’t pull their punches on how really full-on Pullman is with the themes of the series. Why bother making it if you’re not going to have fun with all that stuff? And just think of what we’ll get if we end up seeing all the books adapted. We could get to see the Mulefa!
His Dark Materials does not yet have a release date but expect it to air sometime in late 2019.
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