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The Golden Compass (no spoilers)

linuxspice and I took the Chthonic Railway downtown to catch the Golden Compass projection lantern show, and it turns out that the London seat of the evil Magisterium is... the Allen Lambert Galleria! (But isn't that in the land of the Skraelings?)

Anyway, the alethiometer predicts that it will be the show of the season, enjoyed by everyone from here to Svalbard. It did feel even more rushed than the early Harry Potter films, though, and ending it where they did put a definite Hollywood stamp on it. And given that they'll probably need to move some Amber Spyglass material into the second film for length as well, I wonder if they won't have to cram far too much into The Subtle Knife.

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laura_seabrook
Dec. 7th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
All I know about this film is that it's about alternate time times and is based on a trilogy. Looks like it might be my "Boxing Day Film" for this year (unless "Sweeny Todd" arrives first).
macguges
Dec. 8th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
Oh well, adaptation is hard. I respect your judgement not to say too much - I've been awaiting this one with baited breath.
freefloat
Dec. 8th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
I have neither seen the film nor read the books, but I read a review the other day that interviewed the screenwriter and indicated that although the Golden Compass movie ends in a different place than the book by the same name, the remaining movies, if they end up being made, will end in the same places as the books.
futabachan
Dec. 8th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
That would make sense -- The Subtle Knife ends at a good stopping point, and if they have to fit the ending of The Golden Compass into it as well, that doesn't leave much room for pulling anything else forward.

The Amber Spyglass might be a relatively long film, then.
baratron
Dec. 14th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
It's very unlikely that there'll be a second movie. They fired two directors while making The Golden Compass, and it was finished "by committee". The ending got changed to stop there being a sequel.

Richard's company did the bulk of the special effects and got very badly screwed over in the process. There are many stories I could tell you, but not on a public journal.
futabachan
Jan. 1st, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)
The box office certainly suggests no sequels. And the book was much better....
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