During the Harry Potter heyday, film studios were clamouring to adapt the next big young adult novels into a successful film franchise. While books like Twilight and The Hunger Games would soon fill the hole Harry Potter left after the films ended, in the interim we had adaptations that didn’t manage to spawn a franchise - such was the case with New Line Cinema’s The Golden Compass.
The Golden Compass was released back in 2007 and is based on Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy of novels and the film was based on the first book, Northern Lights. Now, 12 years later, the books are finally getting a whole new TV series adaptation by HBO, filling up the spot Game Of Thrones had left with its final season ended earlier this year. This new TV series will actually be called His Dark Materials, and just like the original Golden Compass, has a star studded cast.
The main character, Lyra Belacqua, will be played by Daphne Keene, who made her phenomenal debut in Logan as Wolverine’s pseudo-daughter Laura a.k.a X-23. Lyra’s uncle, Lord Asriel, whom was originally played by Daniel Craig, is taken by another actor from the X-Men alumni, Professor X himself James McAvoy. Main antagonist, the dastardly Mrs. Coulter, will be played Ruth Wilson, known for her work on The Affair, as well succeeding the role from Nicole Kidman. No word on who will portray talking polar bear Iorek Brynison, who was played by Magneto himself, Sir Ian McKellen in the 2007 film.
His Dark Materials will debut on HBO sometime in late 2019, with a second season already being greenlit. From what the trailer shows, it seems that this seminal young adult novel will finally get the proper adaptation it deserves.