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

By June 12, 2018Adaptations, 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.

Carey Mulligan, Andy Serkis, Daniel Kaluuya, and Martin Freeman Join the cast of ‘A Christmas Carol’ Movie

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the moat beloved books of all time, and it’s not hard to see why. The book reminds us that the true meaning of Christmas is not about presents or delicious food, but rather, goodwill to your neighbours, even those as cantankerous as Scrooge. The novel has been adapted into countless forms of media, from films, TV shows, and even graphic novels, and now a new film adaptation is on the horizon.

As reported by Screen Daily, Saboteur Media gained worldwide rights for the project and is currently being pitched to buyers after the film wrapped in August. The story will take a new look at the classic story and begins with a Victorian family preparing a toy stage in order to do a production of A Christmas Carol. We then see the story through the eyes of a young viewer, as the cardboard sets and toys are transformed into a fantastic and vivid tale.
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The Second Trailer for Mortal Engines Adaptations is Here

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If you didn’t already know, Philip Reeves’ Mortal Engines is coming to the big screen. We brought you the original news as soon as we heard about it, and a few months ago the first teaser trailer followed, and now trailer two is here!

There’s no doubt we’re depleting the world’s resources and in Mortal Engines, Reeves imagines a world where we all have to resort to rolling cities, forced into predatory behaviour as they crawl the world fighting to survive.

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‘Good Omens’ Official Trailer Released

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Last year, it was announced that Amazon had begun work on an adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s hit 1990 book Good Omens, which tells the story of a demon named Crowley and an angel named Aziraphale who work together in order to prevent the Rapture. It was later revealed, much to the delight of fans, that David Tennant had been cast as Crowley and Michael Sheen was to be Aziraphale. Read More

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween trailer is here!

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Goosebumps has been a hit with tweens and teens since the 1990s with 62 books published between 1992 to 1997. R. L. Stine characterises his books as ‘scary books that are also funny’, giving kids the chance to feel that thrill of relief after being freaked out.

After the surprising success of the first Goosebumps movie, starring Jack Black as Stine himself, this sequel looks to continue the fun and freaky mix of scary and silly. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween will star Madison Iseman, Ken Jeong, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris.

Jack Black is rumoured to return as the voice of one of the haunted book characters come to life!

Check out the trailer below, and watch out for the movie’s release mid-October.

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Madeline Miller’s ‘Circe’ Is Being Optioned for Television

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Published earlier this year, Madeline Miller’s Circe tells the story of a lesser Greek God named Circe, the daughter of the mighty sun God Helios. However, unlike her father, Circe possesses no great powers, nor is she devastatingly alluring like her mother. Upon seeking solace in the world of mortals, Circe discovers that she does have power, the power of witchcraft, which may eventually rival the Gods of Mount Olympus.
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Lethal White Adaptation Already in the Works

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If you’ve already watched the recent adaptations of the Cormoran Strike novels on the BBC then you’ve had a real treat, and now it’s announced that the adaptation of the recently released Lethal White is already in the works!

The adaptations have been fantastic and both Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger have exceeded expectations in the leading roles. Read More

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