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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 2007 he and his brother, Paul Weitz
, met with Michael Moorcock
the writer of the Elric of Melnibone books, to talk about a movie adaptation. Chris had been a fan of the books since childhood, and Moorcock trusted him with the project.