BridgetotheStars.net has a message from Chris Weitz about the change to the ending the first HDM film. It appears the final three chapters of the first book are going to be included in the next film for narrative sense so that one film has a good ending and the second a good beginning.
I suppose it does make a certain amount of sense given the different audiences has different expectations – which also appears to be Pullman’s view. It sounds like Weitz has a handle on things and I trust that this will stay the same for the film.
Meanwhile, the Oxford Mail ran a story which is all together true. regarding Pullman’s concerns about the real Oxford disappearing. Whilst the city needs to change, its being suffocated by our council and the various developers. Can we have our city back to live in?