Jack Thorne will write the BBC’s adaption of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.
Thorne, who has previously worked on This is England and Skins, also co-wrote the forthcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child together with J.K. Rowling.
“It is such an honour and a privilege to be given this opportunity to delve into Philip Pullman’s world,” said Thorne. “What I always loved about Bad Wolf’s intentions with this project was the notion of sounding every note.”
His Dark Materials are a trilogy of fantasy novels set in a parallel universe that centre on a girl called Lyra who embarks on a quest to find the source of a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.
Pullman, who was closely involved in picking Thorne, 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.”
The show will be produced by Welsh company Bad Wolf, run by long-serving TV executives Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, both of whom were involved in reviving Doctor Who for the BBC.