BBC Studios will be making a TV series out of the Runestaff fantasy novels by fantasy legend Michael Moorcock. The Runestaff saga consists of four books: The Jewel in the Skull, The Mad God’s Amulet, Sword of the Dawn, and The Runestaff.
Michael Moorcock’s tale of a resistance force trying to bring down tyrannical rule was an influence on many of today’s best-known genre writers, including such 21st century luminaries as the SF/fantasy author Stephen Hunt.
The saga’s hero Hawkmoon’s journey takes him from ghost-cities in the Syrian desert to pirate colonies in the American bayou; from caravans of mutant creatures in Carpathian mountains to the heart of the Dark Empire itself – the glittering city of Londra where the river runs blood red.
Michael Moorcock told SFcrowsnest, “I am delighted that BBC Studios is developing the Runestaff series for TV. I believe the team will do an outstanding job and I’m looking forward to seeing Hawkmoon, Count Brass and Yisselda brought to the screen. This is a perfect time for the series, which seems more relevant today than it did when I originally wrote it. I will be working closely with the writers to develop the stories. I feel like a schoolboy, breathlessly waiting for the first episode to be aired.”
Steve Thompson, lead writer and executive producer, whose previous credits include Sherlock and Doctor Who, added, “The Runestaff novels were the first books that captured my imagination. It’s a privilege and a great adventure to be working with Michael Moorcock. I feel like I’ve just been handed the keys to the crown jewels of fantasy fiction.”