Jack Thorne, who has written for Skins and Shameless, will adapt the three books—The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass—into a limited-run show. It’s Throne’s second foray popular fantasy novels: he is writing the upcoming Harry Potter play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
This isn’t the first time His Dark Materials has been adapted for the screen: Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman starred in a film based on The Golden Compass in 2007. After disappointing box office returns and criticism from Christian groups (Pullman said in interviews “my books are killing God”), plans for sequels were discarded.
Pullman will act as an executive producer on the BBC show—a role he did not take on for the films.
The novels trace the adventures of 12-year-old Lyra Belacqua who lives in a parallel universe where each human has his or her own animal “daemon” with whom they have an important spiritual connection.