BBC's 'His Dark Materials' Adaption Adds Jack Thorne as Writer

BAFTA Award-winning writer Jack Thorne has signed on to adapt Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy to television for BBC One, Deadline reports.

“It is such an honour and a privilege to be given this opportunity to delve into Philip Pullman’s world,” Thorne said in a statement.”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,” series author Philip Pullman added. “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.”

Thorne worked on BBC's "Skins" and won BAFTA Awards for "This Is England ’88" and "The Fades" in addition to the London Film Festival’s best British newcomer award for "The Scouting Book for Boys." "National Treasure," his next miniseries, is currently in production with esteemed actors like Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters and Andrea Riseborough attached.

Debuting in 1995 with “Northern Lights,” the novel introduces Lyra, an orphan who lives in a parallel universe where science, theology and magic are entwined. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. In 1997’s “The Subtle Knife,” Lyra is joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds and leads to the conclusion in 2000’s “The Amber Spyglass.”

Pullman will executive produce the TV series alongside Jane Tranter and Julie 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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