HBO and the BBC's His Dark Materials is proving to be a lot darker than the 2007 big screen adaptation of The Golden Compass. The 2007 movie was criticized for watering down Phillip Pullman's source material and the new series looks like it is the complete opposite, even in the brief bit that we see in the latest full-length trailer. "In every child's nightmare, there is an element of truth," is the quote setting up the new series, which could end up being HBO's answer to the gaping hole Game of Thrones is going to leave behind this weekend.
We've seen tiny little bits of His Dark Materials in the past, but this is our best peek yet and it looks great. Phillip Pullman fans should be happy with the way everything looks, along with the feeling that they're truly adapting his dense source material. The series is directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper and stars Logan's Dafne Keen as Lyra, Ruth Wilson as Marisa Coulter, James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby, and several more.
His Dark Materials hasn't even debuted and it has already been renewed for a second season, which is all anyone really needs to know about the adaptation and its scope. The show has been in development for a long time, so it's nice to finally see the full-length trailer. However, we still have yet to see a release date announcement as of this writing, which doesn't help the Phillip Pullman fans who have been waiting years to see a proper adaptation of his work. With that being said, it will more than likely premiere before the end of the year.
The His Dark Materials book series adaptation was first ordered by BBC One and was written by Jack Thorne (National Treasure) in 2015. The series consists of Phillip Pullman's Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. The stories are about the coming of age of two children, Lyra and Will, who move through parallel universes while the mysterious Church tries to put an end to it. The Northern Lights book was what turned into 2007's The Golden Compass movie.
Production wrapped on His Dark Materials season 1 late last year, so it's only a matter of time before HBO releases the show. Game of Thrones is coming to an end this weekend, Big Little Lies is returning for season 2, the Deadwood movie is on the way, and the Watchmen series is coming this fall. A summer release for His Dark Materials would certainly be welcome, but it seems unlikely at this time. The end of the year seems like a better bet, possibly to help compete with the debut of the Disney+ streaming platform, which will launch with the Star Wars live-action series The Mandalorian in November. You can watch the His Dark Materials trailer below, thanks to the HBO YouTube channel.