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New Line Cinema’s latest attempt to bring Phillip Pullman’s epic trilogy of novels to the screen has found its writer.
Jack Thorne – who last week earned three BAFTA TV nominations across three separate categories – has been signed up to pen the new adaptation, announced as a BBC commission last year and being produced by New Line Cinema alongside Bad Wolf, the recently launched U.K./U.S. production banner founded by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner.
“It is such an honor and a privilege to be given this opportunity to delve into Philip Pullman’s world,” said Thorne, who at just 37 has become one of the hottest writers working on British television. “What I always loved about Bad Wolf’s intentions with this project was the notion of sounding every note. 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.”
Pullman described Thorne as a “writer of formidable energy and range” and said that he’s “greatly enjoyed” learning about his plans to adapt his books.
The new BBC series – which marks New Line Cinema’s has first move into U.K. TV – will be executive produced by Pullman, Tranter and Gardner for Bad Wolf, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema, Bethan Jones for BBC One and Deborah Forte for Scholastic.
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