Jump forward to 2019, and we've got a much better feeling about the new series, which has already been given the go-ahead for a second season before the first has even aired! The epic tale is a fantasy adventure dealing with parallel worlds and what looks like a classic war between good and evil, and yet, it's likely not so simple. Lyra sets out on a quest to find her uncle, Lord Asriel (James McAvoy), and her missing friend, Roger Parslow (Lewin Lloyd), who has been mysteriously kidnapped.
An attempt to adapt Pullman's fantasy/sci-fi novels was made in 2007 with The Golden Compass. But thankfully the BBC miniseries, which will debut Stateside on HBO, doesn't seem to shy away from that concept - diving straight into the fantasy world where the Church is a tyrannical organization and where human souls take on the form of animal companions called daemons. Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), Otto Bathurst (Robin Hood), and Jamie Childs (Doctor Who) are just a few of the directors helping bring the show to life. But I'm starting to warm to the dark settings, because the first book is loaded with intrigue and twisty mysteries that lend to dim hallways and hushed conversations.
His Dark Materials will premiere on HBO in the US later this year. It follows Lyra Belacqua (Logan's Dafne Keen), a young girl who has an uncle (James McAvoy) that was nearly poisoned and gets upset when her friend randomly disappears, Polygon reported.