Tomorrow evening will see the launch of the television adaptation of the Philip Pullman trilogy of books ‘His Dark Materials’, which is a co-production between the BBC and HBO. Previously adapted for Cinema with the failed franchise starter ‘The Golden Compass’. It seems that the BBC and their HBO partners have a little more faith in the TV adaptation because although the first episode hasn’t even aired yet. They have already filmed the entirety of the second season.
“We mainly wanted to make sure that we didn’t wait too long because otherwise by the time we came to film again, [Dafne Keen, who plays main character Lyra] could be 18 months older and at that age, you grow up very fast and season two picks up days after season one ends. We had that to consider. The BBC and HBO got that because it takes a year to post-produce,” Bad Wolf co-founder Jane Tranter told Deadline.
“You’re often at your bravest when you’re at your most ignorant. I hadn’t realized how complicated this would be. We’re turning the filming around in this incredibly tight schedule,” she explained. “It’s been quite hairy if I knew then what I know now, would I have done it the same way? Yes, probably, what choice have we got, but I might have remembered to take a holiday before we started.”
‘His Dark Materials’ premiers on Sunday Evening in the UK and Ireland on November 3 at 8 pm. In America, the series will premier on November 4. The first episode was directed by Tom Hopper and written by Jack Thorne. The series is based on the much-loved book series, which was written by Philip Pullman and stars Dafne Keen as Lyra, Ruth Wilson as Marisa Coulter, James McAvoy as Lord Asriel and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby.
Lookout in the coming weeks for our reviews on this series.
The novel series of ‘His Dark Materials’ is featured in a gift list on The Portalist.com