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[on the box office failure of The Golden Compass]: The Golden Compass became a bad experience because the studio didn't have faith in the strength of the ideas of the novel, which is ironic because it's one of the greatest fantasy novels ever written, if not the greatest, and they took the religion out of it and tried to turn it into a popcorn movie. We had an inferior product, which was trying ...
In 2005 Weitz announced his departure from the The Golden Compass
(2007), citing the enormous technical challenged involved, and the fear being denounced by both the book's fans and detractors. He was replaced by British director Anand Tucker
. Ironically, Tucker left the project in 2006 over creative differences with New Line and Weitz returned to the director's chair, after receiving a letter ...