James McAvoy to star in Pullman’s His Dark Materials adaptation

By June 12, 2018 Adaptations, News

James McAvoy (X-Men) and Clarke Peters (The Wire) are signed up to star in a BBC’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy novel series His Dark Materials. 

Based on Pullman’s trilogy of books: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, His Dark Materials is a complex tale of theology, physics, and philosophy featuring a range of mythical and mystical beings. It tells the story of two children, Lyra and Will, who wander through a series of parallel universes.

The new eight-part series is to be produced by Bad Wolf in June 2018. McAvoy is set to play Lord Asriel, the father of main character Lyra (to be played by Dafne Keen) and Peters will play the master who raises Lyra.

Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) will direct the series and it will be executively produced by a host of talent from the literary and entertainment industries: Pullman, Tranter, Gardner, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line; Piers Wenger and Ben Irving for BBC One and Deborah Forte for Scholastic.




This hotly anticipated new adaptation of His Dark Materials is written by Jack Thorne who also wrote the adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder.

It airs for the first time on the BBC but a date is yet to be confirmed.

George R.R. Martin Hopes to Have ‘The Winds of Winter’ Finished by 2020

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HBO’s TV series Game of Thrones may have come to an end, but the fantasy series it’s based on, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, is still to be finished. Fans are now looking to George for news on a possible release date for the long awaited sequel The Winds of Winter, and it seems George has provided us with some hope, sort of. In an amusing post on his Not a Blog, Martin responded to a video made by Air New Zealand which invited George to come to New Zealand on their dime and get some much needed peace, quiet, and inspiration, to help him finish the upcoming book.

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Watch the latest trailer for His Dark Materials here!

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His Dark Materials will be hitting the small screen thanks to HBO and the BBC.

We saw the teaser trailer in March and it didn’t give much away, however this latest trailer is VERY exciting. In it we get to see and hear the characters many of us fell in love with from Pullman’s books including the main protagonist Lyra Belacqua who is played by Dafne Keen and the wonderful James McAvoy who will play Lord Asriel. Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins) is set to play the Texan aeronaut Lee Scoresby, while James Cosmo and Lucian Msamati play as Farder Coram and John Faa respectively.

Any fan of the book series will be pleased to see far more detail from the book included in the television series, as opposed to the movie The Golden Compass, which left out chunks of the story and never managed to make enough at the box office to carry on the movie franchise.

8 intense episodes will run over 2 seasons, and a date has yet to be announced for its release. We do know, however, that it will premiere in the USA by the end of 2019.

We will let you know more details as we have them- meanwhile check out the trailer below!

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Nancy Drew Adaptation Coming and the Trailer is Here

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The CW Network has taken Nancy Drew and turned it into a supernatural crime drama and anyone who grew up on these detective tales is sure to be screaming! The new adaptation will premiere on the CW Network this Autumn and stars Kennedy McCann as the titular character.

Nancy will be solving crimes in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay in Maine after her mother’s death threatens to derail her crime fighting. But when a socialite is murdered in town, Nancy and her friends get together to clear their name, and solve the crime.
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Hip-Hop version of Romeo and Juliet Coming from Netflix

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Romeo and Juliet has seen quite a few adaptations over the years, some traditional, and some, like Baz Luhrman’s famous 1996 adaptation have been a little more offbeat. Now, Netflix has announced that they are adapting the Shakespeare play with a hip-hop influenced spin.

The new adaptation will be created for Netflix by Solvan “Slick” Naim, and produced by Will Smith. The adaptation is being billed as a contemporary musical film and will be set in the hustle and bustle of the streets of New York.
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George R.R. Martin Debunks Claims He’s Finished Final Game of Thrones Books

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With the final season of Game of Thrones reaching its climax, much speculation has been abound regarding the status of the final two books in the series, which author George R.R. Martin is still working on. Excitement reached breaking point when it was reported that Martin had apparently finished both of the books, but was waiting for the show to finish before publishing them. This, Martin has since confirmed, is completely false.

 

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BBC announces Guy Pearce will star as Ebenezer Scrooge

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The BBC has announced that Guy Pearce will star in the lead role for their adaptation of A Christmas Carol set to air December 2019.

Other stars have already been announced but the actor playing the main character was kept quiet. Screenwriter Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) has since announced to the BBC that Guy Pearce will play Ebenezer Scrooge alongside Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings), Stephen Graham (Line of Duty) and Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders).

Andy Serkis will play Ghost of Christmas Past and Rutger Hauer (Bladerunner) is the Ghost of Christmas Future, while The Ghost of Christmas Present is yet to be announced.

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