Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials is to be turned into a BBC TV drama. Filming is due to begin next year and today Jack Thorne was announced to be writing the screenplay.
Jack Thorne is known for award-winning British TV dramas such as Skins and This Is England. He's currently working on JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play.
In the statement Pullman said:
"I'm delighted to welcome Jack Thorne as writer on the TV dramatisation of His Dark Materials. Jack is a writer of formidable energy and range, and I've greatly enjoyed talking to him and learning about his plans for bringing His Dark Materials to the screen. I'm certain he'll do a superb job, and I look forward to seeing the whole project develop as he shapes the story."
A lot of people can't wait for the adaptation.
The first book in the series, Northern Lights aka The Golden Compass, was turned into a film in 2007 that received average to poor reviews from both critics and audiences.
BuzzFeed News asked a representative when the drama will be shown on TV. They said that as shooting begins in 2017, "it won’t be for a while, I’m afraid".
The His Dark Materials TV series was announced in November. An earlier version of this post said it had just been announced.