BBC Orders A Second Season of His Dark Materials
by Erik Amaya
The first season of the BBC’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series is still filming, but the Corporation has already ordered a second.
Deadline reports the series will continue in for another eight-parts; though it is unclear if production will piggy-back on the current shooting block or resume sometime in the future. Jack Thorne adapted the series for television, which stars James McAvoy, Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The three novels — Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America), The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass — tell the tale of two children who grow up while journeying across parallel worlds, inevitably encountering our own along the way and learning the Biblical rebellion in Eden may have set humanity on the course to greatness. Keen plays Lyra, one of the orphans, while Miranda plays adventurer Lee Scoresby. McAvoy plays Lyra’s father Lord Asriel. Clarke Peter and Ariyon Bakare also appear.
As the series is still in production, it is unclear when it will air in the UK. In the US, it is unclear where it will air. Streamers like Netflix and Amazon are likely candidates, but Syfy could always swoop in and get the broadcast rights. Expect it to emerge sometime next year.