Long time since I mentioned Pullman’s His Dark Materials here, so it was good to see Daily Variety report New Line has a director for the film adaptation: Chris Weitz. [ Subscription Required ]
Wait, Chris Weitz? Penis and Apple Pie Chris Weitz? Gott im himmel!
Insiders said Weitz wanted the assignment bad enough that he wrote a long dissertation on exactly how he envisioned the trilogy translating to the big screen, and that Pullman, Stoppard and studio brass liked what they saw.
Okay, everyone, just breathe, and remember Stoppard’s scripting.
Update: it’s worse than it appears. Stoppard’s script dumped. References to the nasty Calvinist religion in the books to be removed from adaptation. We shake our tiny fists at Hollywood.