Philip Pullman interviewed about the ideas behind "His Dark Materials"
[YT,1 hour, South Bank Show,parts 2
]. Inside, and hidden from those who don't want spoilers, are links relating to the ideas raised and about the books generally. [more inside]
The His Dark Materials
movie is taking shape. The award-winning
children's series, considered the "anti-Narnia",
is due on the screen in 2007, starring a actress found in open casting, along with Nicole Kidman
(as Mrs. Coulter, for those who know the books). Unfortunately, the screenplay by Tom Stoppard
has been dumped, though the new one appears to be to the author's liking
. There is no official trailer yet, but there are several more
painful fan-made ones. The series has also been made into a successful play
, and a radio program
. For those who haven't read it, an excerpt is here
; and for those that have, try the interactive alethiometer
or find out your daemon's name
. Previous discussion on the debate with the Archbishop of Canterbury was here
An Pre-Emptive Interview With Director Chris Weitz.
"On the surface of it, as a fan of the books
I would be terrified if I read
was going to adapt [The His Dark Materials Trilogy]
. Let me try to put at ease
anybody who is of a mind to be convinced at all..."
(Could be considered a follow-up to this post from 2002.)
His Dark Materials Trilogy to be co-produced by New Line.
Philip Pullman's Whitbread award-winning trilogy
of fantasy novels for children is one of the best series I've read in a long time, and it's equally entertaining for adults. If books were food, then Harry Potter would be a beefburger and the HDM trilogy would be a gourmet meal.
Also: Philip Pullman on How to Write a Book
. Anyway... let's just hope they don't screw the films up.