The second 'His Dark Materials' film script is already written
The Golden Compass hasn’t even had a chance to prove its box office prowess, but that isn’t stopping New Line Cinema from planning the adaptation of the second book in Philip Pullman’s sci-fi trilogy, His Dark Materials. Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove) has penned a script for the second film, called The Subtle Knife, while writer/director Chris Weitz was working on post-production of what New Line hopes will be the start of a successful new franchise. But with a budget around $200 million and controversy swirling (religious groups are calling Compass anti-religious), many still wonder whether or not New Line will have the conviction to move forward with the remaining books in the trilogy. The studio says it’s doing everything in its power to make Golden Compass a success—a necessity if they wish to pursue the sequels. And they point out that Amini’s draft—which still needs some refinements that will have to wait until the writers’ strike ends—is a symbol of that commitment.