And, just to be reminded that this is not a moot issue, a recent
article in the L.A. Times about the current shaky state of New Line,
of which the most interesting paragraph is quoted in the following link.
Basically, the studio is in trouble and seeking to mend fences with
their chief moneymaker. The most interesting part about the article
being quoted from not in this excerpt is the news that the only movie
still to come from New Line this year that they expect to do really
well is THE GOLDEN COMPASS. Saw the preview for this a week ago and
the strangest thing about it I didn't even notice until Janice
pointed it out afterwards: no daemons. Don't know if they have been
written out of the film or simply hadn't been special-effect'd into
the preview. I don't see how they can do the story without them, but
I guess we'll find out.