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New Line Rings in Another Fantasy Trilogy


New Line Rings in Another Fantasy Trilogy

Fresh off the phenomenal success of its Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Line Cinema is looking to make a tentpole of another literary series based in fantasy. According to Daily Variety, the studio is in talks with director Chris Weitz to helm a film based on author Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.

Pullman’s book series deals with parallel worlds where humans exist alongside shape-shifters and other fantastical creatures. Weitz, who co-directed American Pie, About a Boy and Down to Earth with brother Paul, is on deck to direct The Golden Compass, the first book of the series, from a script by acclaimed poet and Shakespeare in Love scribe Tom Stoppard. New Line production president Toby Emmerich will oversee the project.

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