His Dark Materials Review 2019 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Stars: Tyler Howitt, Ian Peck, Dafne Keen
Review: HBO, perhaps noting that they will soon have an epic fantasy-shaped hole in their schedule when Game of Thrones ends next year, has joined the production of BBC’s His Dark Materials. According to Deadline, the prestigious American network will act as a co-producer on the series, distributing it outside of the United Kingdom. Our original story continues below.
Fans of Philip Pullman‘s formidable fantasy series His Dark Materials have been nervously anticipating the BBC’s lavish adaptation — and for good reason. The first attempt at adapting the ambitious three-book saga about two children who take on the Kingdom of Heaven was an expensive dud that squandered its perfect cast.
Now BBC’s His Dark Materials has recruited a promising cast, an Oscar-winning director, and an equally lofty budget, but the question remains: Will it be good? BBC seems to think so, renewing His Dark Materials for a second season before the show even hits the airwaves. Now that’s something that even an alethiometer couldn’t have foreseen.
Crack open the Tokay, His Dark Materials is getting another go on screen.Thanks to the BBC, which has HBO on board to distribute the series worldwide, Philip Pullman’s classic British trilogy of novels will set sail for the small screen for the first time, following the 2007 movie that didn’t fare so well with critics. But will this new creation make up for Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman’s foray into the fantasy epic, the movie’s unmade sequels leaving hero Lyra (literally) up in the air?
Our Alethiometer readings are looking good so far, with James McAvoy and Logan’s X23 (Dafne Keen) slated to play the silver-tongued Lyra. Don’t know what on earth His Dark Materials refers to? This guide is for you and for those of us looking forward to visiting a parallel Oxford once more.
His Dark Materials sounds complicated and, well, it is. Pullman took the title for his book trilogy from a poem by John Milton — another work with big themes about religious deities — but let’s not go too far down that rabbit hole, with the basic plot of the first novel Northern Lights following Lyra as she attempts to save her best friend Roger from the Gobblers, nefarious people stealing children and bringing them to an icy fate.
Release date, episodes and timing
2019 looks to be Lyra’s year, according to IMDb, and as with other shows arriving around Game of Thrones’ last season, there’s an opportunity to capitalise on hungry fans. With Thrones finally announcing its April, 2019 release, His Dark Materials could enter in the later months with another big production offering in the fantasy epic genre.
Tony Award-winning writer Jack Thorne has eight episodes to tell Lyra’s story in Northern Lights and another eight-episode season for second-part, The Subtle Knife. He’s proven himself on the epic fantasy front, after adapting Harry Potter and The Cursed Child for the stage, based on a story both he and J.K. Rowling developed.
Tom Hooper leads direction with the first two episodes, his period pieces The King’s Speech, Les Miserables and The Danish Girl a good stylistic match for Pullman’s parallel cell phone-free Oxford. Otto Bathurst of Peaky Blinders is another exciting English-made director, taking on episodes four and five.
Speaking of Oxford, the real one saw the series filming last July, along with principal photography in Cardiff, Wales which began in June.
It’ll air on the BBC, and HBO has secured worldwide distribution rights outside the UK. For those in the US, you can also subscribe to HBO’s streaming serv
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