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Screenwriter for The Subtle Knife
His Dark Materials Two gears up

05 January 2007  |  Written by   |  Source: Variety

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With the first instalment of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass (based on the book titled Northern Lights in this country), still halfway through production, New Line are getting ready for a second helping of fantasy goodness with the news that they’ve hired a scriptwriter for the second book, The Subtle Knife.
 
Hossein Amini is the man with the plan, and indeed word processor, who will be translating Pullman’s book for the screen. Amini’s currently working on Drive, which Hugh Jackman is attached to star in, and previously wrote the critically acclaimed Wings of the Dove and the largely overlooked The Four Feathers.
 
The second book introduces the character of Will, a 12 year-old boy on the run who finds himself in a different world, where he meets Lyra Belacqua, the heroine of the first film (played, at least in part one, by Dakota Blue Richards) and is drawn into her quest. No word on casting yet, of course, but with the first film starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, as well as Eva Green and Sam Elliot, expect a similarly starry line-up.
 
That leaves Amini with the unenviable task of writing a sequel that, initially at least, features none of the main characters in the first film. Still, he can comfort himself with the knowledge that it’s a bloody brilliant book and he’d have to trip over his own shoelaces and land headfirst on the keyboard to muck it up. Not that we think that’s likely – his adaptation of Wings of the Dove was rather fab.
 
One caveat though – this doesn’t mean that The Subtle Knife, let alone The Amber Spyglass, are officially greenlit. That won’t happen until the first film comes out and (hopefully) does well. But it is a sign of confidence in the franchise, so let’s all keep fingers crossed and wallets at the ready to make sure that the second and third films do eventually get made.

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I just finished reading the trilogy again and can only pray that these films get made. They are simply pure brilliance with gripping characters and backdrops and a plot that is epic in it's genres and comments on the world. Please make these films as they need to be seen by all! More

Posted by reece112 at 23:09 on 14 June 2007 | Report This Post

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In all honesty, I know sweet Fanny Adams about Gerrard Way, but if he's anything like Phillip Pullman, I'm hunting down his stuff right now.  Please read His Dark Materials - it doesn't pull punches although it's ostensibly children's fiction, and it only gets darker... More

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read the trilogy if youre not sure..whats the worst that could happen,you might not like it...but its definitely worth giving it a go More

Posted by darktrain at 19:02 on 05 January 2007 | Report This Post

I'm not much into books that come without picture's and the name Moore, Miller or Niles, so forgive me for knowing pretty much fuck all about Phillip Pullman or his books but 'His Dark Materials' sounds a bit too much like something Gerrard Way would write for my liking More

Posted by CameronJames at 15:36 on 05 January 2007 | Report This Post


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