Philip Pullman took a breather from the 'Narnia-gate' media frenzy yesterday to respond to the other big literature-goes-to-Hollywood story of last week: Paradise Lost will be coming to a theatre near you in 2007!
Granted, His Dark Materials is Paradise Lost, but I think that it might be slightly easier to translate Pullman's books to film.
Also--the new edition of PL looks pretty awesome. (Is it horribly geeky to say that? Yes. Probably.)