It won’t reach theaters until December 7, but The Golden Compass — which adapts the first installment in Philip Pullman‘s His Dark Materials trilogy — already has some people up in arms, and the author doesn’t seem to mind one bit.
Of course, Pullman is no stranger to controversy; his books have long been targeted as anti-Catholic by various media watchdog groups, and even though Compass director Chris Weitz took pains to whitewash the story’s more overtly religious themes for the film, that hasn’t prevented boycott threats from the Catholic league.
Pullman made an appearance in New York last week, and MTV Movies was on hand to get his answers to questions about His Dark Materials and The Golden Compass. He didn’t pull any punches in his responses:
Pullman [described] how he finds the “Lord of the Rings” books trivial in their lack of asking big questions and doesn’t find C.S. Lewis’ answers to the big questions in the “Narnia” books satisfying.
Daring to express a public opinion about Tolkien and/or C.S. Lewis’ books, Philip Pullman? Oh, you know it’s on! Cue the hysterical reactions!
Source: MTV Movies