Church and state of Pullman books
Sam Elliott, possessor of the most magnificent moustache in Hollywood, has reopened the debate concerning the apparent cancellation of future movie adaptations of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.
As you will recall, two years ago, a film version of The Golden Compass opened to passable reviews and respectable box-office. New Line Pictures’ film did, it is true, make only $70 million in the US, but it took a whopping $300 million in the rest of the world. So what happened?
“The Catholic Church happened to The Golden Compass, as far as I’m concerned,” Elliott, who played Lee Scoresby in the film, opined. “It did incredible at the box-office. Incredible. The Catholic Church lambasted them, and I think it scared New Line off.”
Sure enough The Golden Compass, despite somewhat downplaying the novel’s militant anti-theism, was heavily attacked by bodies such as Catholic League for Religious and Civil rights.