According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anand Tucker is in negotiations to direct The Golden Compass, the feature film adaptation of the first installment of author Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy for New Line Cinema.

Chris Weitz, who adapted the book, was slated to direct but withdrew in December, and the search for his replacement encompassed more than 50 filmmakers. The studio went with Tucker in part because the helmer put together a presentation that included conceptual art, visual effects demos and a 20-page director's manifesto. Tucker also had extensive meetings with Pullman as well as Weitz.

Tucker and Weitz will now work together to further develop the film's screenplay. The big-budget project will be a mammoth undertaking for the award-winning Tucker, who is known for character-oriented work, such as 1998's Hilary and Jackie and the upcoming Shopgirl.