Making a Movie About Killing God Is Not as Easy as Pie


Their faces covered with elaborate tattoos, the Gyptians look fierce and deadly. Their sleeves bulge with muscles; their belts sag under the weight of their swords. Huddled in a tight formation, they wolf down bowls of rhubarb crumble.

The fantastic and the realistic brush against each other on many movie sets, but at the lunch canteen for The Golden Compass they collide head-on. In this London alley, the film crew is nearing the end of a four-month shoot in which they've created a quasi-Victorian world of witches, shape-shifting animals, and armored polar bears. It may sound like child's play, but it's not: New Line Cinema will spend $180 million on the film, an adaptation of the first novel in Philip Pullman's acclaimed fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials. The pressure — to get it made, to make it good, to please the series' cult followers — is wearing out director Chris Weitz. "It's really hard to make a movie," he says. "It's hard enough to make a small, bad one. Trying to make a big, good one is definitely a challenge."

(Source: Wired)

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