The Golden Compass movie took in about $380,000,000 worldwide. By just about any measure, that would be considered a success.
So why are the sequels (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) not being made?
Because of the Catholic Church, say several people associated with the first film.
Asked what had happened to the two remaining films, [Sam] Elliott, 65, who played a Texan aeronaut called Lee Scoresby in the film, said: “The Catholic Church happened to The Golden Compass, as far as I’m concerned.
He added: “The Catholic Church … lambasted them, and I think it scared New Line off.”
Of course, Bill Donohue of the Catholic League is taking full credit:
Mr Donohoe [sic] said he was “delighted that the boycott worked”.
“I knew if we could hurt the box office receipts here, it might put the brakes on the next movie,” he told the Evening Standard.
“We?” How many Catholic League members are there…? Besides Donohue, I mean.
None of this is really news. Pullman himself told me he was aware the second and third movies were probably not going to be made nearly a year-and-a-half ago.