BBC “His Dark Materials” Adaptation Has Its Writer

His Dark Materials

We’re one step closer to BBC’s adaptation of His Dark Materials – we have a writer!

Jack Thorne has signed on to pen the fantasy series, which is based on Philip Pullman’s best-selling trilogy – The Golden Compass (aka Northern Lights), The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. I don’t think we have to worry about the script being spectacular; Thorne recently made history by receiving three nominations in three separate categories at the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) TV awards.

Thorne told Deadline:

“It is such an honor and a privilege to be given this opportunity to delve into Philip Pullman’s world. 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.”

Author Pullman is “certain he’ll do a superb job” in adapting the series to television. “I’ve greatly enjoyed talking to him and learning about his plans for bringing His Dark Materials to the screen.”

Thorne is already a BAFTA-winning writer (winning for This Is England ’88 and The Fades) and has received several other accolades, such as London Film Festival’s “best British newcomer”; he has previously written for Skins and Shameless and also wrote the upcoming “not a prequel” Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It’s safe to say he knows his way around a fantasy.

The hiring of Thorne is the first major news we’ve been given about the series since November, when the revival was originally announced. As of right now, there is still no cast (not surprising, considering there isn’t yet a script!), but we do know that the production is set to film in Wales.

According to TIME, this is set to be a limited-run series, which makes sense, as there are only three books. I would imagine it will be similar to Game of Thrones, which follows a one-book-per-season format (usually).

We’ll be sure to keep you updated with future news about the series, but I’m really excited about this announcement because it means things are moving forward! What do you guys think about the news?

Author: Jamie Sugah

Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.


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3 thoughts on “BBC “His Dark Materials” Adaptation Has Its Writer

  1. Oooh, this sounds very promising! I have a real soft spot for these books, and I want them to get a good adaptation.

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