Golden Compass sequel in doubt?
Philip 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.