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The Golden Compass
Ability over Appearance: Philip Pullman had something of a reaction like this when Nicole Kidman was cast as Mrs. Coulter in . The character has black hair in the books (Kidman being blonde) and Pullman said "I was wrong, she has to be blonde", Kidman having been his personal choice for the role.
The Golden Compass Disaster Dominoes: The film bombed domestically, New Line Cinema got absorbed into parent company Warner Bros., which led to Warner Bros' and New Line's arthouse subsidiaries Warner Independent Pictures and Picturehouse shutting down. New Line largely exists today as a distribution outfit for Warner Bros produced genre films.
note Executive Meddling - The director attempted a more faithful adaptation. The money men differed. See the main page for the result.
Replacing the original voice of Iorek, a Shakespearean actor virtually unknown in Hollywood, with the instantly recognizable voice of Sir Ian McKellen.
Fake Nationality: French (with an English accent) Eva Green as a Scandinavian witch.
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: A particularly cruel Kick the Dog variation. The movie bombed hard here in the states, but made over $300 million worldwide. That would be impressive if New Line didn't sell the worldwide rights just to get the movie funded.
Hey, It's That Guy!:
Hey, It's That Voice!:
Iorek is Gandalf.
Ragnar is Blackbeard.
The Japanese dubbed version has two dubbed versions, one for theaters and another for TV and DVD releases:
In Spain, Pan is the Spanish Arthur and the Catalan Beth.
The Other Darrin: Different voice actors were originally chosen for Iorek and Hester, Iorek's even making it into the teaser trailer. They were recast with Ian McKellen and Kathy Bates.
Stillborn Franchise: They were willing to make a trilogy. However, criticism from the Catholic church and middling box office return killed those plans.