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[18.09.2006] Bei CBBC gibt es Bilder vom Set...

[28.08.2006] MB Films zeigt ein 90-sekündiges "His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass" Promo-Video, bei dem es sich aber nicht (!) um den offiziellen Trailer handelt... Dennoch sehenswert...
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[19.08.2006] CS! meldet...
Daniel Craig will star in The Golden Compass, the first installment of the intended New Line trilogy based on the Philip Pullman series "His Dark Materials." Chris Weitz wrote the script and directs.
Variety says Craig will play Lord Asriel, a ruthless and mysterious adventurer who is the uncle of Lyra Belacqua, the young girl who journeys to a parallel universe to save her best friend.
Craig will be reunited with Eva Green, who played the Casino Royale Bond temptress Vesper Lynd. In "Compass," she plays a witch who helps the young girl navigate a world filled with shape-shifting and otherworldly creatures.
Craig also previously starred with Nicole Kidman in The Visiting, which Warner Bros. will release next year. Kidman plays the villainous and glamorous Mrs. Coulter in "Compass."
If New Line goes forward with all three installments of Pullman's literary trilogy, Craig's character will be a fixture of each, based on Asriel's role in the Pullman books.
The trio costar with newcomer Dakota Blue Richards in the film, which begins production September 4 in the U.K. and is scheduled for a November 16, 2007 release.
Craig will shoot the film and then return for the 22nd installment of the James Bond series, which has already been scheduled for a May 2, 2008 release.


[29.06.2006] HollywoodReporter.com meldet...
New Line Cinema has officially greenlit production on The Golden Compass, the highly anticipated adaptation of the first of author Philip Pullman's bestselling "His Dark Materials" trilogy, it was announced today by New Line's Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne. Production on the $150 million-budgeted film is scheduled to begin September 4 in the UK, with Oscar-nominated writer/director Chris Weitz (About a Boy, Antz) at the helm.
"'The Golden Compass' is the most ambitious film that New Line has undertaken since 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, and we have assembled a remarkable creative team, headed by Chris Weitz, to bring it to fruition," commented New Line's Shaye and Lynne.
Newcomer Dakota Blue Richards has been cast in the lead role of Lyra Belacqua. Richards landed the role after filmmakers conducted an extensive casting search throughout England, during which they saw more than 10,000 young girls. Open calls were held in Oxford, Cambridge, Exeter, and Kendal, before Richards was chosen from the Cambridge call for an audition and subsequent screen test.
"Dakota made what should have been an extremely difficult decision quite easy," says writer/director Weitz. "We wanted a completely new face for Lyra, but I was surprised that any young girl, especially one without training, could light up the screen as Dakota does."
Pullman adds, "I'm delighted with the casting of Dakota Blue Richards as Lyra. As soon as I saw Dakota's screen test, I realized that the search was over. Dakota has just the combination of qualities that make up the complicated character of this girl, and I very much look forward to seeing the film take shape, with Dakota's Lyra at the heart of it."
Helping to bring The Golden Compass to the big screen will be an all-star production team that includes Oscar-winning production designer Dennis Gassner (Road to Perdition, Big Fish), Oscar-nominated costume designer Ruth Myers (L.A. Confidential, Emma), and Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Mike Fink (X-Men, X2: X-Men United, Road to Perdition). [...]


[22.06.2006] Bei AICN gibt es Bilder von der NY Licensing Show 2006...

[08.05.2006] HollywoodReporter.com meldet...
Chris Weitz has found his way back to New Line Cinema's "The Golden Compass." The multihyphenate, who penned the screenplay and originally was attached to helm the project before stepping down last year, is back in the director's chair for the adaptation of the first installment of Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Anand Tucker, who had replaced Weitz, recently exited the film because of creative differences. Sources close to the project cited budget constraints. Weitz, who directed "About a Boy" and "American Pie," jumped at the opportunity to return to the coming-of-age story. "Though I'm disappointed that New Line and Anand didn't end up seeing eye to eye, when I was told the job of directing 'Golden Compass' was open, there was just no way that I could pass it up."

[04.04.2006] CBBC Newsround berichtet über das Casting...
[...] Newsround wasn't allowed into the audition but 11-year-old Georgia from Essex told us what happened behind the scenes.
"They asked for the children to go into the hall but for the parents to stay behind," she revealed.
"There was a group of about 60 of us. They asked the children their names and where they came from.
"Then they asked random kids a few questions. They asked me who my favourite character was. I said Pan.
"Afterwards they asked four people to stay. I was one of them. I felt really nervous about what they were going to do.
"They took photos of us then our parents came to get us. They might contact me now to read some lines. I would feel nervous but very excited." [...]


[16.03.2006] BBC.co.uk meldet...
Open auditions will be held to cast the lead for a movie of a Philip Pullman bestselling book, it has been reported.
Producers will scour the UK to find a young actress to play the role of Lyra Belacqua, said Screen Daily.
The film is the first in a trilogy based on Pullman's best-selling His Dark Materials, to be made by New Line Cinema and directed by Anand Tucker.
It is provisionally titled Northern Lights in the UK, and The Golden Compass in the US.
Auditions for the role will take place in Cambridge, Oxford, Kendal and Exeter during the first two weeks of April, the website reported.
The film's casting directors are said to be looking for a girl aged between nine and 13 who need not have any previous acting experience.
Applicants are being asked to come accompanied by a parent or guardian, dressed warmly - without costumes or make-up - and be prepared for a lengthy wait.
Film-makers have said they are looking for a girl "who embodies Lyra's loyalty, bravery and mischievous nature".
The film follows Lyra as she stumbles into fantastical parallel universes on travels to save her best friend.
The casting calls will have open queues from 1000-1200GMT and will end at 1700GMT, said the website.
The exact locations are Cambridge's Corn Exchange (4 April), Kendal's Castle Green Hotel (6 April), Oxford's Examination Schools (11 April), and Exeter's Great Hall at the University of Exeter (13 April).
The film is scheduled for release at the end of 2007.
Film-maker Anand Tucker took the directorship of the film after Chris Weisz pulled out, citing its huge "technical challenges". [...]


[04.03.2006] Guardian.co.uk meldet...
[...] Producer Sheila Hanahan concurs, annihilating the rumour that Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass is stuck in development hell: it's scheduled for release in December 2007 by New Line. [...]
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[11.10.2005] MTV.com meldet...
[...] Anand Tucker has directed the 1998 classical-music drama "Hilary and Jackie" and the upcoming character-driven "Shopgirl." He insists, however, that he won't be in over his head with the big-budget adaptations of the "His Dark Materials" sci-fi novels. "You've still got to turn up with a camera and some actors and shoot; it's the same deal," Tucker said. "There's going to be a lot of CGI, but at the heart of it, it's still basically the story of a little girl who's looking for her true mother and father. It's just an emotional story at heart." Tucker added that while the series may not be as well-known as the adventures of a certain lightning-scarred wizard, "Materials" has the potential to become a similar cinematic phenomenon. "J.K. Rowling sold 56 million 'Harry Potter' [books]. The next-biggest-selling series of children's books is Philip Pullman's ['Materials'] books at 8 million. So he's sold a hell of a lot of books, it's just that there's that 'Harry Potter' thing looming over you. But they're very, very popular ... and I'll do my best to do justice to them."

[10.09.2005] CS! meldet...
While in Toronto to discuss his upcoming film Shopgirl, written by and starring Steve Martin based on his own novella, director Anand Tucker reluctantly answered a few questions about his next high profile project, The Golden Compass, the first part of "His Dark Materials," a trilogy of fantasy novels by Phillip Pullman.
ComingSoon.net wondered how he was going to make the transition to such a big project from something relatively small like Shopgirl. "For me, I don't even think about it that way," he said. "I'm thinking that it's just a movie about a little girl who's looking for a family, so it's still just all about emotions. It doesn't matter how big or small it is, you still have to turn up with a camera and some actors and try to make it convincing for an audience. If you don't get that right, forget it. It doesn't matter how much CGI you have. It's still gotta work on an emotional level and tell a good story."
Of course, many people were probably wondering how the director of smaller projects like Hilary and Jackie was able to score himself such a huge and long awaited project like this one. "I loved that project for ten years, and I tried to option the book when it first came out," he told ComingSoon.net. "I've been passionate about it forever, and I was the bottom of a very long list of people when the chance came in February to try to get the job. I put together a pitch and I hustled and lobbied, and I met everybody at New Line and told them what I felt what the movie should be. To their credit, they decided they would want to go with that. I hope I don't let them down." [...]


[23.06.2005] Bei AICN gibt es ein "His Dark Materials" Teaser-Poster von der NY Licensing Show...

[11.01.2005] LAtimes.com widmet sich ausführlich der Verfilmung der Trilogie...
[...] New Line, which was behind such diverse offerings as the 2003 remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and last year's "Vera Drake," has committed to producing only the first of Pullman's bestselling novels. "The Golden Compass," a special-effects-driven fantasy, could cost more than $150 million to bring to the screen.
If it strikes a chord with moviegoers, the studio will consider making the next two in the series simultaneously, as it did with the "Lord of the Rings" films, which director Peter Jackson shot in New Zealand. New Line executives confirmed that the price tag for the trilogy would soar far beyond the $350 million spent on the "Lord of the Rings" films.
Can New Line work trilogy magic twice?
Studio co-Chairman Michael Lynne is confident the answer is yes, in large part because of the clout New Line gained with parent Time Warner Inc. after the success of "Lord of the Rings."
"If you create something of historic proportions with historic economic returns and you find a project of scale that you want to invest in," Lynne said, "no one is going to tell you not to do it."
The project has been on the drawing board for years. In 2002, New Line executives talked about wanting to complete "The Golden Compass" in time to have it in theaters last month. Now it looks like the release date will be Christmas 2006 at the earliest.
In fact, New Line is still on the hunt for a director. [...]


[15.12.2004] BridgeToTheStars.net meldet...
Citing the "technical challenges of making such an epic," director Chris Weitz has exited New Line Cinema's highly anticipated adaptation of the bestselling Philip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials, and the studio has launched a search to find his replacement.
Weitz emphasized that his exit was not tied to any creative differences regarding the project, and he expressed satisfaction that New Line is planning to move forward with the script he penned for the film.
"Working on The Golden Compass has been an extraordinary high point of my career," said Weitz. "It will be an extraordinary film, but at this point in my life I am not the right director to bring it to pass. Though I remain honored to continue serving as caretaker of Philip Pullman's work on the page as this project's screenwriter, the technical challenges of making such an epic are more than I can undertake at this point. I look forward to retaining my place as screenwriter and helping to bring Mr. Pullman's epic vision to cinematic life. I deeply appreciate his support, and the understanding of everyone at New Line in allowing me to step aside."
New Line has received interest from a number of accomplished filmmakers about taking over the reins of His Dark Materials, and the studio is currently in the process of deciding on a new director.
"His Dark Materials is an amazing story, and at this point we have such a strong screenplay, I'm confident we'll have real interest from A-level filmmakers," said New Line production president Toby Emmerich. "Chris over-delivered on the script, and I can only respect him for being realistic about the physical, emotional, and technical demands of the project."
Pullman added, "I chose New Line Cinema not only because of their profound technical expertise when it comes to this sort of film-making, but mainly because of their evident commitment to the values and the heart of this particular story. They know the importance of what it says about human freedom, and they want to say it with force and clarity." [...]


[14.12.2004] DH meldet...
The IMDb reports that director-screenwriter Chris Weitz, the man at the helm of the upcoming film adaptation of the Philip Pullman novel "His Dark Materials," has removed some not-so-nice references to God and the Catholic church in the movie - upsetting fans of the original books.
Talking to Bridge to the Stars, Weitz revealed that distributor New Line Cinema has "expressed worry about the possibility of perceived anti-religiosity." Apparently the studio told him that if the references remained, the project would become "unviable financially."
Weitz allegedly then discussed the matter with Pullman, who told him that the role of the Authority (God) could be transformed into "any arbitrary establishment that curtails the freedom of the individual." The religious villains in the film, he said, "may appear in more subtle guises." He added: "you will probably not hear of the 'Church'."
Of course many are seeing this as essentially a bending over to the increasing power of religious lobby groups in the more conservative pro-Republican times of recent years.


[26.11.2004] DH meldet...
The Independent reports that controversy is erupting over New Line's developing adaptation of the Philip Pullman fantasy novels "His Dark Materials" in regards to the film's script. Oscar-winning screenwriter Sir Tom Stoppard ("Shakespeare in Love", "Brazil", "Empire of the Sun", "The Russia House") was hired to script the epic and completed his draft screenplay for the first installment, "The Golden Compass", several months ago.
Then, this week Stoppard admitted he had heard nothing since its submission and with the appointment of Chris Weitz ("About a Boy", "American Pie") as director, Stoppard assumes his services are no longer required - "As far as I was made aware, New Line Cinema and Philip Pullman all liked it. Then Chris Weitz got the job. And he likes to write his own scripts" said Weitz.
The appointment of Weitz has raised concerns over whether the man can tackle the dark and philosophical fantasy trilogy. Weitz recently defended his posting saying "I try to make every film I make as the best possible film of that sort. I regard HDM [His Dark Materials] as the most important work of my life, in part because it is one of the few books to have changed my life, and in part because ... I think it is a great work of the imagination. It is full of profound meanings, wisdom and intellect. It requires an approach at every point cognisant of those strengths."


[20.09.2004] BridgeToTheStars.net sprach mit Chris Weitz über die Verfilmung !!!

[25.05.2004] HollywoodReporter.com meldet...
Filmmaker Chris Weitz is in early negotiations to adapt and direct the first installment of Philip Pullman's celebrated kids fantasy book trilogy "His Dark Materials" for New Line Cinema. The studio is eyeing the trilogy as its follow-up to the "Lord of the Rings" series. It is unclear at this time whether Weitz would direct the other two installments or whether he would produce with his brother, Paul Weitz, through the duo's Depth of Field shingle. [...]

[25.10.2003] Harry von AICN meldet...
[...] seems that Terry Jones didn't know what he was talking about on BBC Radio when he said Ridley Scott was directing HIS DARK MATERIALS at New Line. Currently, they only have a script for the first one, and they're apparently looking for a new writer. Apparently there's a big ol list of director's they're contemplating. So, that's the skinny as it is at the moment.

[23.10.2003] CS! meldet...
[...] I just heard some interesting news during an interview with Monty Python star Terry Jones on BBC Radio 5 Live in England this morning and I thought you might be like to know.
After talking about his new book Jones was asked if there was any truth in the rumour that he going to direct the movie adapatation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. He confirmed he had been linked to project in its early development but that Ridley Scott was now attached to direct!!! No other details were given but Phillip Pullman will be interviewed live on the same radio network this afternoon so maybe he will confirm or deny the details then. [...]


[07.04.2003] Bei AICN gibt es einen Kommentar zur folgenden "This is London"-Meldung...
[...] It emerged yesterday that Sam Mendes, who won the Oscar for American Beauty, has expressed an interest in directing a film version by New Line Cinema [...]

[31.03.2003] SF Wire sprach mit Brett Ratner...
[...] he wants to helm the film adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. Playwright Tom Stoppard is writing the screenplay for New Line Cinema. "There's not even a script, so it's a ways away, but New Line, the studio that I'm in business with, is developing it," Ratner said in an interview. "I'm just hopeful."
The trilogy, which begins with The Golden Compass, centers on an 11-year-old girl who tries to rescue her best friend from kidnappers. Along the way, she encounters witches, talking bears and a truth-telling compass. "It's kind of like Harry Potter [or] Lord of the Rings," Ratner said.


[17.05.2002] Hollywood Reporter meldet...
Academy Award-winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard is in negotiations to adapt the Philip Pullman fantasy novel "His Dark Materials" for New Line Cinema. Stoppard, who took home a 1999 Oscar for his "Shakespeare in Love" script, will craft the big-screen version of "Materials," which is expected to be the first installment of a trilogy based on the award-winning children's novels. The "Materials" trilogy (consisting of "The Golden Compass," "The Subtle Knife" and "The Amber Spyglass") is described as a "Harry Potter"-esque tale set against a much darker backdrop. The books revolve around two children who live in parallel worlds surrounded by a huge cast of shape-shifting creatures and are filled with magic, theology and science.

[05.02.2002] CS! meldet...
Variety reports that New Line ("The Lord of the Rings") has landed rights to co-produce the ambitious fantasy series, "His Dark Materials," from a trilogy of celebrated kids' books by Philip Pullman.
Comprised of "The Golden Compass," "The Subtle Knife" and "The Amber Spyglass," Pullman's trilogy describes a world much darker than Harry Potter's Hogwarts. Diving fearlessly into themes of childhood, innocence and sin, the books are full of magic, theology and science -- not to mention questions of morality and existence -- and center on two children who live in parallel worlds surrounded by a huge cast of shape-shifting creatures.
"Like 'Harry Potter' or 'Lord of the Rings', it's one of those books that captures your imagination and just runs with it," New Line's Toby Emmerich said. "We can take advantage of the CGI effects available now (and) bring this world to life in a celluloid universe. When 'The Lord of the Rings' is over, hopefully we won't miss a beat."
Pullman's U.S. publisher, Knopf, has printed 2.5 million copies of the books, and 1.3 million copies have sold in the U.K.


[19.12.2001] Bei BR Online gibt es einen kurzen Abriss der Geschichte...

[23.07.2001] Bei Spiegel Online gibt es den Artikel "Im Reich der dunklen Materie" mit umfangreichen Hintergrundinfos zu "Pullmans literarischem Kosmos mit dem Titel "His Dark Materials" (den die deutsche Ausgabe der drei Bände nicht übernommen hat)"...

[03.01.2001] Scholastic meldet...
Scholastic Entertainment has optioned the film rights to the best-selling trilogy, His Dark Materials [...] In announcing the deal, Ms. Forte said: "As soon as we read the first book five years ago we knew that Philip Pullman was a master storyteller who would engage the imaginations of children and adults around the world. This trilogy is an important and evergreen addition to children's great literature now and for generations to come." [...]


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