Michael Moorcock's ELRIC Headed to TV

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Michael Moorcock's epic fantasy/horror prose franchise Elric is being developed for television by former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara and TV writer Vaun Wilmott. First reported by Deadline, the writing duo are working with New Republic Pictures, who purchased the Elric rights.

"We feel privileged to have been entrusted by Mike and Linda Moorcock with a character and narrative universe as rich and diverse as Elric," said New Republic's Bradley J. Fischer," and hope to deliver to generations of fans the enthralling experience they’ve been demanding for so many years from these masterworks of genre literature."

New Republic plans to lead off the Elric franchise with the Mazzara/Wilmott-spearheaded TV series, but the Hollywood trade reports that the shingle thinks Moorcock's saga has "cross-platform franchise potential." This comes as New Republic prepares to shop around the Elric series to broadcast partners.

There have been at least two attempts to adapt Elric into film - one by Wendy Pini in the 1970s, and one by Universal Pictures in 2007.

Elric has been adapted numerous times in comic books, including appearances in Marvel's Conan the Barbarian and several standalone titles with DC, Marvel, First Comics, Pacific Comics, Dark Horse Comics, BOOM! Studios, and Titan Comics.

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