I just finished reading the first book of the Book of Dust trilogy. I loved loved loved how Mr. Pullman was able to converge Lyra's world in a different light but still keep the connections that I saw back to the Northern Lights. Like Malcolm eventually becomes a professor at Jordan and looks after Lyra (although I do not recall him being mentioned). I do remember how Dr, Relf became the head of the St. Sophia women's college and I really loved her character in this installment!
I am beyond excited that His Dark Materials is finally given another chance at becoming a visual adventure. The Golden Compass movies sucked. It does NO justice how amazing the books were. I can compare the failure of the Golden Compass movie to the Percy Jackson movie, doing NOTHING to the books and the Giver movie, which makes me really mad since the books were beyond amazing.