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Potter Has A Rival
New Line reveals plans for 'His Dark Materials' trilogy

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British playwright Tom Stoppard is currently the writer of choice for Hollywood, where he's being chased for two big projects. A week or so ago, Empire Online reported that Stoppard was being courted as scriptwriter for the fourth outing in the Indiana Jones series. Then came the news that he was going to be too busy to take up the Indiana position. This morning, the reason for that became clear as New Line Cinema revealed it was in negotiations with Stoppard to take the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy by Philip Pullman to the big screen.

Fans of Pullman, whose children's books have struck a chord with ankle-biters and adults alike, will be delighted at the news, which puts the trilogy as the next big thing for New Line following their fabulously successful adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. Initial reports suggest that the trilogy will be slimmed down to form two movies – although that won't be confirmed until Stoppard begins work this summer on his adaptation of the three books; The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

Bible belters who've been protesting against the rise of Harry Potter and his ungodly study of magic will have their work cut out when the Pullman series hits the big screen. The trilogy features a universe in which multiple versions of Earth exist, daemons are the embodiment of the human spirit and in which angels aren't always on the side of all that is good and right.

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