His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass in SvalbardFour years after The Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Line Cinema (Time Warner) is bringing a second series of popular novels to the big screen: Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.

The Golden Compass is the first novel in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials. The trilogy tells the story of Lyra, a 12-year-old girl who embarks to Svalbard to battle the forces of evil and rescue her best friend. In Philip Pullman's trilogy, Svalbard is the kingdom of armoured bears Panserbjörne.

The project was announced in February 2002. Set for release on Dec. 7, The Golden Compass has been directed by Chris Weitz. With a budget of $200 million, this is the most expensive movie New Line Cinema has ever made.