The first trailer forHis Dark Materials has been released, with the series of novels being turned into a TV series by two major broadcasters.
Considering the massive success that Game of Thrones has been its not surprising that HBO has decided to make another foray into fantasy. In 2007, New Line Cinema tried to capitalize on the box office success of The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series with a feature-length adaptation of The Golden Compass.
Based on the bestselling Philip Pullman trilogy of the same name, with Jack Thorne (The Fades) adapting for television, His Dark Materials follows 13-year-old Lyra (Dafne Keen), a fearless young orphan girl who goes on the adventure of a lifetime when she discovers that a friend has been kidnapped. Lyra's search for a missing friend uncovers an evil plot involving stolen children and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. "Together, they encounter extraordinary beings and risky secrets, with the fate of both the living- and the dead- in their hands".More news: Denver becomes first U.S. city to decriminalize 'magic mushrooms'
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Now, HBO and BBC are taking a crack at the story, but this time it's being developed as a series under the original name, His Dark Materials. The show is written by Jack Thorne and the first two episodes will be directed by Tom Hooper. Despite the combined star power of Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, Ian McKellan, and Eva Green and some surprising overseas success, the series stalled out after a single movie, leaving the story unfinished on the big screen.
As you'd expect, the first season - of which you can catch a few glimpses in the trailer above - is based on the first volume of the series.
A release date has yet to be announced for the series but check back with ShowSnob for the latest updates on His Dark Materials.