His Dark Materials being "modernised" for TV

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From Digital Spy

The BBC's upcoming adaptation of His Dark Materials is set to get a "modernised" twist, according to one of the directors.

The show is based on Philip Pullman's acclaimed fantasy book series, and director Otto Bathurst, who will direct two episodes, admitted this version will be "more accessible".

"[His Dark Materials] has been interesting, as we are twisting that a little bit," he told Metro.

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Elaborating on what he meant, the director added: "We're not twisting it, but we are modernising it a little bit, making it feel a little bit more accessible.

"The books are quite Victoriana in their fantasy, but it's pretty on the nose – there are a lot of fans of that book and it's a great book so why mess with it?"

Meanwhile, ahead of season one, it has been revealed that His Dark Materials has already been renewed for a second season.

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The show is also going to extreme lengths to avoid spoilers leaking out, employing the feared Magisterium to warn people.

In a tweet, the His Dark Materials account wrote: "The Magisterium has proclaimed that social media is a hotbed for heresy. Accounts associated with abominable heretical 'spoiler' discussions will face severe consequences."

The adaptation is set to star Logan's Dafne Keen as protagonist Lyra, alongside James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, Ruth Wilson as Marisa Coulter and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby.

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