His Dark Materials.

I note with interest (via Script Sales) that Philip Pullman’s trilogy has been optioned. Personally, I think the comparisons it has had with Harry Potter have hindered it – it’s about a child in a fantastic world, but it’s darker and smarter, with bigger and more complex themes that Potter, where the emphasis is firmply on wonder and fun, more classic fairytale escapism. By the sound of it, the deal is to adapt the trilogy into one film (which should actually be pretty workable), and I’ll be watching to see the direction they take with it…

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