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You may remember a wave of joy overcoming me last fall, when it was announced that His Dark Materials was once more being adapted for TV. Of course, this trilogy already has a movie adaptation, at least for the first book, but to say it wasn’t well received would be an understatement. It’s a shame, partly because the cast was great, but much more importantly because His Dark Materials is one of the most intense, imaginative, stories out there and deserves all the love it can get. Since this new His Dark Materials TV adaptation was announced last November however, news have been scarce (not to say non-existant).
But just yesterday, several medial outlets revealed that a writer had been picked to adapt it (meaning the author isn’t penning the script)! *drum-roll* Aaaaand it’s Jack Thorne. Now, his name may not mean much to you, but his previous credits will: he has worked on several series, most notably The Fades, This is England ’88, and popular, dark teen show: Skins (granted, I don’t think he worked on the first two seasons which were the best ones, but still). He’s also working on the tiny, trivial project that is the Harry Potter play set to premiere this summer. So, ya know. With 2 BAFTA and a description from the London Film Festival the likes of: “Jack Thorne is a poetic writer with an end-of-the-world imagination and a real gift for story-telling.”, it would seem like finally, finally, His Dark Materials is in good hands.
The writer himself seems very enthusiastic about this new gig (who wouldn’t) and measures the task ahead of him:
“It is such an honor and a privilege to be given this opportunity to delve into Philip Pullman’s world. What I always loved about Bad Wolf’s intentions with this project was the notion of sounding every note. The His Dark Materials trilogy are vast and glorious books full of beautiful characters and I’m going to work as hard as I can to try and do justice to them.”
I, for one, couldn’t be happier about this choice! Bring on the casting announcements and any news, really, I can’t waiiiiiiiit! In the meantime, let’s all try to figure out what kind of animal our daemons would be, mmkay?