"The Golden Compass," the 2007 big-screen adaptation of the Philip Pullman book series that starred Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig was a famous flop. But as an eight-part series? That might work better. According to Deadline, Netflix and Apple are contenders to distribute the series.
Keen will play Lyra, an orphan who lives in a parallel universe, and Miranda will play adventurer Lee Scoresby. In "The Golden Compass," those roles were played by Dakota Blue Richards and Sam Elliott.
Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") will direct the series for BBC One. He'll be juggling this with the live-action adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats," Deadline reports.
The series would presumably include all three books in the fantasy trilogy, "Northern Lights," "The Subtle Knife," and "The Amber Spyglass."
The series is set to start production in Wales soon with more casting announced soon.
Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) lives in a parallel world in which human souls take the form of lifelong animal companions called daemons. Dark forces are at work in the girl's world, and many children have been kidnapped by beings known as Gobblers. Lyra vows to save her best friend, Roger, after he disappears too. She sets out with her daemon, a tribe of seafarers, a witch, an ice bear and a Texas airman on an epic quest to rescue Roger and save her world. Read More