HBO Joins BBC & Bad Wolf To Co-Produce 2 Seasons Of Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’
As you may well be aware, the BBC and Bad Wolf Productions are currently in the process of making a tv series based on Philip Pullman’s acclaimed novel series, ‘His Dark Materials‘. It has now been announced that, not only have they ordered a 2nd Season already, but US network HBO has joined as co-producer, and will take the worldwide rights to the drama outside of the UK.
The first series sees Dafne Keen (Logan’, ‘The Refugees’) take on the lead role of Lyra, the young protagonist of the story who lives in Jordan College, Oxford. Placed there at the request of her Uncle, Lord Asriel (James McAvoy – ‘X-Men’ films, ‘Atonement’) she lives a sheltered life amongst the scholars and college staff while under the watchful protection of The Master (Clarke Peters – ‘The Wire’) and Librarian Scholar Charles (Ian Gelder – ‘Game of Thrones’).
When the glamorous and mesmeric Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson – ‘Luther’) enters Lyra’s life she embarks upon a dangerous journey of discovery from Oxford to London. Here she meets Father MacPhail (Will Keen – ‘The Crown’), Lord Boreal (Ariyon Bakare – ‘Tyrant’) and journalist Adele Starminster (Georgina Campbell – ‘Krypton’) at a glittering society party where she first hears about the sinister General Oblation Board.
Lyra is subsequently thrown into the nomadic world of the boat-dwelling Gyptians – Ma Costa (Anne-Marie Duff – ‘Shameless’), Farder Coram (James Cosmo – ‘SS-GB’), John Faa (Lucian Msamati – ‘Taboo’), Raymond Van Geritt (Mat Fraser – ‘American Horror Story’), Jack Verhoeven (Geoff Bell – ‘The Level’) and Benjamin de Ruyter (Simon Manyonda – ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’) who take her North in her quest.
Once in the North, she meets charismatic aeronaut and adventurer Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda – ‘Hamilton’) who joins them on their epic journey and who becomes one of Lyra’s closest allies.
Talented young actors joining the cast include Lewin Lloyd (‘Taboo’) as Roger Parslow, Daniel Frogson (‘The Devil Outside’) as Tony Costa, Tyler Howitt as Billy Costa and Archie Barnes as Pantalaimon.
Along with the impressive cast, they also have an impressive line up of people behind the camera. Tom Hooper, the Oscar-winning director of ‘The King’s Speech’, will direct 2 episodes, with others being divided between Dawn Shadforth (‘Trust’), Otto Bathurst (‘Peaky Blinders’, ‘Robin Hood’), Euros Lyn (‘Daredevil’, ‘Doctor Who’), and Jamie Childs (‘Doctor Who’, ‘Stan Lee’s Lucky Man’).
The 8-episode 1st Season of ‘His Dark Materials‘ doesn’t yet officially have a premiere date, but we’d expect it to air on BBC One in 2019. We’ll bring you more news as we get it.