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  Rings makers buy film rights to Pullman books
Updated 05 February 2002, 19.38
Award-winning author Phillip Pullman
The people who breathed magical life into the Lord of the Rings could soon be doing the same for Phillip Pullman's mystical Dark Materials trilogy.

The American showbiz magazine Variety reports that New Line Cinema have bought the rights to turn Pullman's award-winning tales into a film.

It means that Will, Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon could soon be taking on the Dark Forces on the big screen.

Captures the imagination


One of the Blackriders from Lord of the Rings
New Line Cinema said: "Like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, it [Northern Lights] is one of those books that captures your imagination and just runs with it".

Philip Pullman has written three books in the trilogy, Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass - which in January won the Whitbread Book of the Year prize.

In an interview with CBBC Newsround Online immediately afterwards, Philip hinted that a film was in the offing.

But he told us that to make it look as spectacular as he wants, it needs a lot of money, and "you don't get that sort of money hanging on trees".

Click here to read more of Phillip Pullman's answers to your questions

Fresh from the success of the first Lord of the Rings movie, New Line Cinema will probably have both the skills and the cash to turn his vision into reality.

And it could give both the Rings and Harry Potter a run for their money!

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