The message also quoted the last line of Northern Lights, the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy: “So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked towards the sun, and walked into the sky.”
The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper will helm the project and direct the first two episodes.
Screenwriter Thorne said that he felt “in awe” when adapting the trilogy for television: “His Dark Materials are the most beautiful set of books, taking us into a world of constant imagination. Reading them I was a massive fan, in adapting them I’ve increasingly felt in awe of them. It’s the constant invention, the way the story never sits still, and that the characters constantly surprise you.”
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