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Golden Compass sequel in doubt?

TheGoldenCompass.jpgPhilip Pullman, the author of the His Dark Materials series, has been saying that the sequel to The Golden Compass may well be in doubt.

Although New Line are starting pre-production, it isn't looking likely that the sequel will make it next year, and there's some doubt if it will make it at all.

The comment was made through The Daily Telegraph through Digital Spy, who once again don't give a link through to the source site, however I've found it over at the Telegraph as part of an interesting interview on the series and the pressure from religious groups who can't stand anything even hinting at a point of view other than there's.

You'll remember that The Golden Compass came under fire because of the anti-religious storyline that was at the core of the His Dark Materials series from Philip Pullman, some said it was anti-Catholic and some even said that it was trying to destroy god, well their god anyway.

It seems that these issues might just be the reason that we wouldn't see a sequel, and the author Philip Pullman isn't too sure it's going to happen, so far he hasn't even been contacted about making a sequel, although he is sure that they've started pre-production.

"People are talking about it. I think there might be a script. People are very busy. When there's a development I will hear about it."

He does say that the projected 2009 release date looks doubtful although no one will really know until the date is announced. He also talks about that anti-religious debate against the film.

"I've no doubt to say it did influence a number of people not to go to see it...When religion gets its hands on the levers of power - whether to go to war, hold people prisoner or decide what they can or can't do - that is when it is dangerous...

...I find it very hard to understand how anyone can disagree with that. In the world we live in, both Catholics and Protestants have wielded that power to the detriment of very many people."

He does believe that this has affected the performance of the film in the cinema, and he's previously said that the upcoming stories have even more anti-religious sentiment in them than The Golden Compass, and when the initial storm was kicking up he said he wondered how they were going to make these stories work in film.

All that in mind I wonder if the series really is in trouble, and if they will manage to adapt the remaining stories without upsetting the religious groups more and more.




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Religious groups affecting this film is, unfortunately, to be expected but outrageously ridiculous and a crock of sh**! I thought, or more hoped, that our society had evolved enough for at least the world of art to ignore the tantrums of the close minded religious pigs who believe their duty is to control everyone else's lives. In a way, they're doing the exact same thing that is depicted in the Golden Compass. These hypocritical religious groups wish they had the power to make decisions for the whole world, not only on what we watch but on every other issue, such as abortion and gay marriage and too many more to list. I don't understand how these people can do nothing but think of ways to control the rest of the world. How does it affect them if people decide to go see a movie they don't approve of? It's called FREEDOM people! As a girl who grew up in a small southern christian family and attended a Christian school in Oregon for 5 years, I have a very good inside look at exactly what kind of hypocrisy these religious groups are capable of. I mean they're so insecure they can't even stand on their own 2 feet but have to use their religion as a crutch this is just another example of how hard we need to continue fighting against this, even as we enter 2010, a decade where we have a black president, marijuana will be legal soon and gay marriage is becoming more widely accepted throughout the country, we still have to fight to keep our simplest freedoms such as getting to see a book as a movie. Now think of all the other movies that have been made that religious groups wouldn't like; what about Farenheit 451? That was made decades ago yet it depicted a real world where every single person is under the control of big brother. My point is that Golden Compass may have a message that religious groups don't like but it's not the first movie or story like this. Then they try as hard as they can to abolish it and if they fail, they want to plug their ears, close their eyes, and scream LALALALALALA! as if they're all 3 year old children. Grow up!

I think it is SUCH BS that they are letting the "church" tell them they can't make a movie!!!! What in the hell happened to freedom of speech? Or better yet, the freedom to make our OWN choice's? It is just a fricken movie people, get the [expletive removed - Richard] over yourselves. You know what it reminds me of? The Majesterium in the story, always trying to control everything, including FREE WILL!!!!!!!!! Last I heard this was still a free country and if the sequels is what the people wants then that is what we should get! There are a lot worse movies out there than this little fantasy story! Or do you only like to pick on the ones that people really enjoy and that their kids can watch?

The film is a fantasy not reality so make the movie

DONT ABANDON THE GOLDEN COMPASS SEQUEL BECAUSE SOMEONE OPPOSES THE IDEA OF A FANTASY. THEY SHOULD PLACE MORE ENERGY ON PORNOGRAPHY THAN A SIMPLE FANTASY MOVIE. I HAVE BEEN DESPERATELY WAITING FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEQUEL TO BE ON DVD AND I BELEIVE IT WAS BEST TO FINISH A SEQUEL THAN TO HALF DO A GOOD PIECE OF ART WORK.

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