Wednesday, 22 May 2019

BBC options Michael Moorcock's HISTORY OF THE RUNESTAFF for television

This actually happened back in March, but I missed it at the time. The BBC has optioned Michael Moorcock's History of the Runestaff fantasy series for television.

The four-volume series consists of the novels The Jewel in the Skull (1967), The Mad God's Amulet (1968), The Sword of the Dawn (1968) and The Runestaff (1969). Set in a far future version of Europe, the story follows the adventures of German resistance fighter Dorian Hawkmoon as he seeks to destroy the Great Empire of Granbretan (a fascistic version of Britain), which is trying to conquer the continent.

The four-novel series was later expanded by The Chronicles of Castle Brass, a sequel trilogy. Moorcock also tied the sequence into his much larger Eternal Champion meta-saga, with Hawkmooon as another aspect of the Eternal Champion figure.

Steve Thompson, who has written for Sherlock and Doctor Who, is spearheading the project for BBC Studios.

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