<em>The Golden Compass</em> The Golden Compass

Philip Pullman's beloved trilogy His Dark Materials is being adapted into a BBC One series, the network announced Tuesday. Pullman will executive-produce the eight-part series with New Line Cinema and Bad Wolf, the production company behind Doctor Who.

His Dark Materials is made up of three books, Northern Lights (also known as The Golden Compass), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. The series follows two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, who explore parallel universes inhabited by armored polar bears, witches and daemons, an animal embodiment of a person's inner self.

"It's been a constant source of pleasure to me to see this story adapted to different forms and presented in different media," Pullman said in a statement. "It's been a radio play, a stage play, a film, an audiobook, a graphic novel — and now comes this version for television."

And while Pullman claims to be happy with how His Dark Materials has been adapted over the years, many fans will be understandably cautious after the disastrous 2007 movie The Golden Compass. Here's hoping the new BBC series will make up for that CGI trash heap.