Church and state of Pull­man books

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

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.

In­trigu­ing.

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