Philip Pullman Unhappy Over Future Film Prospects

Posted on December 16, 2009

The Golden Compass movie poster

British author Philip Pullman is extremely disappointed by the fact that it is unlikely that the last two movies in the His Dark Materials trilogy will ever be film. The movie of the first book, Northern Lights (the film was called The Golden Compass), which starred Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Sam Elliot, made over 230 million pounds sterling worldwide, which is around 337 million dollars. But Sam Elliot says that the Catholic church's boycott made film makers wary of doing the next two films. The church said that the films introduce children to the concept of atheism.

The Guardian reports that Pullman told the Western Mail, "If Sam is right then I am very disappointed because it obviously would have been very good to have seen the other two films made."

The villain in the books is a universal church which certainly had some aspects of the medieval Catholic church, such as Inquisition-like interrogations. But all that was stripped out of the movie: we didn't see any atheism promoted in the film, so we found the criticism puzzling. The books generated hostility from several organized religious groups, but the studio pulled all that material from the script. The villain is more like a corporation than a church.

In any event, we quite enjoyed The Golden Compass and thought Nicole Kidman (who is a practicing Catholic, by the way) was especially fabulous.

Nicole Kidman in The Golden Compass

Photos: New Line Cinema