The trilogy takes place in multiple universes and follows two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, on their journey through these universes and the battle against a dark force trying to destroy it. There are elements of sci-fi, magic and Christian lore throughout the books, which have been popular since their release in the late 90s and early 2000s.
There is already one movie adaptation of the material that was released in 2007. The Golden Compass was a film directed by Chris Weitz, in which the original story’s element that was critical of Christianity was edited out in order not to offend viewers. The film didn’t attract as many viewers as expected and the other films never went into production.
Now, HBO has produced a series with one season of eight episodes and a second season has already been ordered with an additional eight episodes to be produced next year. The series stars — among others — Ruth Wilson as Marisa Coulter, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scorseby and James McAvoy as Lord Asriel.
While there is no official release date yet, it is set to air this year. You can check out the teaser below!
In every child’s nightmare, there’s an element of truth.
— His Dark Materials (@daemonsanddust) May 17, 2019