Jack Thorne Reveals New Details on Upcoming “His Dark Materials” Adaptation!
The playwright behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jack Thorne, is no stranger when it comes to taking on a beloved book series – something that should stand him in good stead when it comes to his next project, the BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials!
Speaking to Radio Times at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, Thorne revealed that, although still at an early stage in production, the process of writing for the adaptation is well under way.
It’s at an exciting point where we’re just throwing things at the page and trying to work out what works and what doesn’t.
Although Thorne couldn’t give too much away regarding whether or not any major changes would be made to the original plot of the series, he is clearly keen to respect the story so lovingly crafted by Pullman.
I mean, the most important thing is being loyal to the books and trying to tell those books as well as we possibly can.
The advantage of television is, we can slow down. In the film and on stage they had so much plot to get through, so much plot to churn through, whereas we’ve got the luxury of having time to get to know [lead character] Lyra and spend time in her world.
Thorne notes that his experience with Cursed Child has certainly prepared him for the task ahead, especially in regard to the sense of responsibility that comes with adapting a popular book series.
The thing is that as a writer you want to do the things you love, and it happens that other people love the stuff that I love too … You realise that you’ve got a responsibility not to let them down, but you’re really excited about being given the opportunity to play in that amazing, amazing world. I mean, Phillip is… every single page, you learn something new. He’s a beautiful and incredible writer.
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