- 5 April 2016 - BBC
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
The writer said taking on the project was an "honour and privilege".
"The His Dark Materials trilogy are vast and glorious books full of beautiful characters," he added.
"I'm going to work as hard as I can to try and do justice to them."
The trilogy, partly set in a parallel universe, tells the story of a girl called Lyra who embarks on a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.
The books have been published in more than 40 languages and have sold almost 17.5 million copies worldwide.
The first novel, Northern Lights, was made into a 2007 feature film entitled The Golden Compass, starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman. MORE