Jack Thorne, co-writer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and fresh off triple BAFTA nominations for The Last Panthers, This Is England ’90 and Don’t Take My Baby, has been announced as the scriptwriter for the upcoming BBC adaptation of His Dark Materials.
“It is such an honour and a privilege to be given this opportunity to delve into Philip Pullman’s world,” said Thorne. “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.”
“I’m delighted to welcome Jack Thorne as writer on the TV dramatisation of His Dark Materials,” said Philip Pullman. “Jack is a writer of formidable energy and range, and I’ve greatly enjoyed talking to him and learning about his plans for bringing His Dark Materials to the screen. I’m certain he’ll do a superb job, and I look forward to seeing the whole project develop as he shapes the story.”
New Line Cinema are co-producing with Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner’s Bad Wolf production company. BBC calls His Dark Materials “one of the supreme works of imaginative fiction for both children and adults published in the 20th century”. It sounds as if the series is shaping up to be a real epic. Let’s hope that BBC give it enough screen time and the rumours of a five season run will prove correct.