Back in November, it was announced that the BBC is teaming up with New Line Cinema and Bad Wolf for an eight-part adaptation of Philip Pullman’s epic fantasy His Dark Materials, and now Deadline has revealed that the project has secured acclaimed screenwriter Jack Thorne (Skins, This Is England, The Last Panthers).
“It is such an honor and a privilege to be given this opportunity to delve into Philip Pullman’s world,” states Thorne. “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’m delighted to welcome Jack Thorne as writer on the TV dramatisation of His Dark Materials,” adds Pullman. “Jack is a writer of formidable energy and range, and I’ve greatly enjoyed talking to him and learning about his plans for bringing His Dark Materials to the screen. I’m certain he’ll do a superb job, and I look forward to seeing the whole project develop as he shapes the story.”
Pullman’s His Dark Materials books have sold almost 17.5 million copies around the world, and served as the basis for the 2007 movie adaptation The Golden Compass.