Things just got a bit easier on the costs for BBC’s ‘His Dark Materials‘ as HBO has just stepped in to help produce and distribute the series. They’ll be co-producing the new show that is based upon Philip Pullman’s hit novels and will be joining BBC, Bad Wolf, and New Line Cinema who were already involved in developing the series. The first season had an eight-episode run and was already billed as one of the most expensive shows to come out of the UK of all time and before it has finished filming had already picked up a second season. To help cement HBO’s investment in the show, they’ve acquired the full distribution rights outside of the UK.
The series has an all-star cast which includes Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The screenplay was adapted by Jack Thorne and is being directed by Tom Hooper and will bring ‘Northern Lights,’ ‘The Subtle Knife,’ and ‘The Amber Spyglass’ to life! With filming only having begun in Cardiff at Wolf Studios Wales this month, it was quite a surprise to hear that a second season was already locked in before the first season was even remotely completed. In it, viewers will follow Lyra and Will who are two children that wander through parallel universes. The duo must deal with physics, philosophy, and theology in worlds where witches and fantastic beasts are alive. We know that Keen is set to play Lyra and it isn’t clear if Will has yet to be cast or will be changed for the adaptation.
Are you excited that we’ll be able to watch ‘His Dark Materials’ on HBO? Do you feel that the inclusion of the studio will help cement the quality of the show as it comes to life? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Deadline Hollywood.