As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets Will, a determined and courageous boy. HBO viewers who kept their kiddos away from the screen while watching Game of Thrones don't have to do the same with His Dark Materials, Tranter assured.
James McAvoy plays scholar and adventurer Lord Asriel, while Ruth Wilson is the mysterious Marisa Coulter, who takes Lyra under her wing. The piece has a bit of a Harry Potter vibe, only a bit darker (and indeed, was scripted by Jack Thorne, who adapted J.K. Rowling's play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).
He said he is a huge fan of the books and read them with his wife when they started dating.
"[Pullman] is not attacking belief, he's not attacking faith or religion or the church per se", she said. "But essentially we just followed his lead".
"I thought it was time for the books to be liberated", said producer Jane Tranter, who convinced New Line and Pullman to let her adapt them into a series. He agreed with Tranter's comments about the series being important for all ages, adding that it's very timely in 2019. Lyra is gifted a special compass, powered by Dust, that allows her to ask any question and be given an answer. I really believe we should be following our goodness, and we're getting distracted by greatness and it has lessons for all of us. "There's something very handsome about the way that Philip sees the world and the way he communicates this world". It's not personified by an autocratic government or church, it's personified by the Magistarium (in the books and series), it's not personified by any church in our world.
The adaptation is based on the first book in the trilogy, Northern Lights, released in 1995, which surely leaves room for follow-up series based on the sequels The Subtle Knife (1997), and The Amber Spyglass (2000). Wilson stars as the evil Mrs Coulter. The new series looks grim, exciting, and does not shy away from the darker aspects of the novels.
His Dark Materials premieres on HBO this fall.