HBO Joins BBC as Co-Producer on Upcoming ‘His Dark Materials’ Series

By September 14, 2018Adaptations, News
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It was recently announced that the BBC had picked up the first season of an upcoming TV adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, which is currently in production. It has now been revealed that HBO will serve as a co-producer for the show and now holds distribution rights outside of the UK.



As Variety reports, the adaptation has so far been green-light for two seasons, each of which will consist of eight episodes. The show will follow the His Dark Materials trilogy which includes The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.

Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema are producing the show for the BBC and HBO, in association with BBC Studios Distribution and Anton Capital Entertainment. Production is currently underway in Bad Wolf’s studios in Cardiff, Wales.

The show boasts an impressive cast, including the likes of Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, and James Cosmo. A film adaptation of the first book, The Golden Compass, was released back in 2007 but, due to a poor reception, no sequels were made. Here’s hoping the TV adaptation enjoys more success.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle: The Adaptation Trailer is Here

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I wouldn’t say that Gothic fiction is exactly my thing, but I needed a novel of this genre for October’s Cwts Book Club. I trawled through my TBR pile and came across Shirley Jackson’s, We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I flew through the book, loving the mystery behind why the two girls, and their uncle are living away from the rest of the world, in their “castle”.

Imagine my delight when only a couple of days after I had finished We Have Always Lived in the Castle, I saw a trailer for the film version, which is released this month, starring Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, and Sebastian Stan . Having watched the trailer, I can honestly say that it appears to follow the book, word for word. I now can’t wait to watch the rest and see Merricat and Constance’s story on the big screen! Read More

Lingerie company to remove ‘Sexy’ Handmaid’s Tale costume

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As Halloween draws near we start thinking of costumes… And how we can tie in our literary heroes to our costume design…

The Handmaid’s Tale has proven to be very popular in recent times, thanks in part to Hulu’s fantastic adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel. As has been proven time and time again- if something has entered pop culture then it is fair game for capitalism to sink its claws in.

And so we welcome The Sexy Handmaid Halloween Costume to the Inappropriately Sexy Costume Hall of Fame.

Complete with white cloak and red bonnet, this “Brave Red Maiden” costume was just a bit much for even the kookiest Halloween fans (especially for the steep price of $65) and after a resounding ‘NOPE, THANKS THOUGH’ from customers- lingerie store Yandy pulled the costume within a day of its release.

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George R.R. Martin Thinks ‘Game of Thrones’ Could’ve Run for 13 Seasons

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Game of Thrones is set to air its eighth and final season in the Spring of next year, but the author of the books the show is based on, George R.R. Martin, believes the show could’ve run for as many as 13 seasons.

Whilst speaking with Variety at the Emmy Awards on Monday, Martin said: “We could’ve gone 11, 12, 13 seasons,” He added the decision to end the series was up to the showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Read More

The full trailer for Netflix THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE is here!

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The teaser trailer for The Haunting of Hill House from Netflix was spooky and eerie but it told us very little about the book, but now, finally the full trailer has landed and I am seriously freaked out!

We’ve been waiting patiently for the full trailer and now, less than a month until the show launches, it’s here. The adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House is a modern reimagining of the iconic horror story about five siblings who grew up in America’s most haunted house. It’s available on Netflix from October 12th, and here’s that trailer… if you dare!

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First Full Length Trailer for Mary Poppins Returns

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Back in March we brought you the news that P L Travers’ most famous creation, Mary Poppins was heading back to the big screen in Mary Poppins returns. That announcement came with a teaser trailer but now we have the first full length trailer in anticipation of the new movie.

It’s over 50 years since the original film adaptation with Julie Andrews in the starring role. This time Emily Blunt is picking up the mantel as Mary Poppins returns to London to help the Banks’ family once more.

Here’s the trailer, what do you think?

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