HBO Acquires Worldwide Rights To BBC’s His Dark Materials Adaptation
by Erik Amaya
HBO will be the international home to the BBC’s television adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series.
Deadline reports the US premium cable services has also entered in a co-production deal, helping to defray costs on the series. In exchange, HBO will distribute the series outside of the United Kingdom.
Adapted for television by Jack Thorne, the series stars James McAvoy, Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The three novels in the series — 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.
The first season of the television series will focus on Lyra (Keen), whose search for a missing friend leads to the discovery of stolen children and an attempt to “understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.” Miranda plays adventurer Lee Scoresby. McAvoy plays Lyra’s father Lord Asriel. Clarke Peters, Ariyon Bakare, Will Keen, Ian Gelder, Georgina Campbell, Lucian Msamati, Lewin Lloyd, Daniel Frogson and Tyler Howitt will also appear.
It is still unclear when the series will debut as production on the first season is still underway.