HBO and BBC One’s TV adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials is set for release on 4 November and there are rumours that another much-anticipated fantasy series, The Witcher, will be here before Christmas.
The His Dark Materials series follows 11-year-old Lyra (Dafne Keen) who is on a quest to find her kidnapped friend in a world where everyone’s soul resides in the body of a daemon, represented in animal form. Along the way she uncovers a sinister child abduction ring and begins investigating a mysterious substance known as Dust. So, it’s pretty much following the plot of the first book in the series, Northern Lights.
The books are famously critical of religion, particularly Christianity and Catholicism, and the series will apparently follow the original story more closely than the 2007 film did, but executive producer Jane Tranter has stated that it “is not an attack on religion”. Many Christian groups boycotted the 2007 film, but they’re being suspiciously quiet this time around.
Meanwhile, Netflix Netherlands recently tweeted, and rapidly deleted, a reference to a release date for The Witcher series that suggests we should see it appear on 17 December. The date hasn’t been announced via official means yet, though.
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