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.
The fantasy thriller is set in the UK where dry land is scarce and teenagers must pass a exam or be sent to the disease-ridden wetlands, but the system is skewed to favour children from wealthy families who can afford information nodes, impregnated into the backs of their necks.
Armie Hammer and Lily James have been named as the stars of the show with both actors quite familiar with literary adaptions. Lily James has appeared in War and Peace, Cinderella, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Pride & Prejudice and Zombies and Armie Hammer in The Social Network and Call Me By Your Name.
Jane Goldman (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Stardust, The Woman in Black) wrote the screenplay which will be directed by Ben Wheatley.
The movie will be released on Netflix in 2019- we will let you know all the details when they are released!
The latest adaptation comes from Lifetime in the USA who announced on the 5th of November that they are producing a feature length TV movie version with an all Black cast.
Entertainment Weekly reported the movie will be officially called Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta which begs the question: are they planning on taking this around the USA? Will Pride & Prejudice: Los Angeles be next? Or Pride & Prejudice: NYC?
Set in modern day Atlanta, Georgia this will be a far cry from the strict social practices of the 1800s, but there will be familiar themes of family pressures, sexual chemistry, love-hate relationships, and drama!
A 1978 movie adaptation starring acting legends Richard Briers and John Hurt is perhaps the best known of the adaptations but it has had many adaptations through the past few decades- television, radio, theatre, and film.
The latest adaptation is getting the BBC/Netflix collaboration treatment as the two entertainment powerhouses create a Watership Down for the next generation. The film will star James McAvoy as Hazel, Nicholas Hoult as Fiver, John Boyega as Bigwig, Olivia Colman as Strawberry, Ben Kingsley as General Woundwort, Tom Wilkinson as Threarah, and Taron Egerton as El-ahrairah, Peter Capaldi as the rabbits’ seagull friend Kehaar, Daniel Kaluuya plays Bluebell, and Rosamund Pike is the Black Rabbit of Inle.
The new Watership Down is set to be a star-studded event!