Series is based on Rider Haggard novel

Sonar Entertainment and Ecosse Films are to develop and produce “Quatermain,” based on the popular classic story by Victorian-era author H. Rider Haggard.

Ecosse Films founder Douglas Rae will exec produce the series, comprising10 hourlongs, to be written by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle.

Rae and Sonar CEO Stewart Till unveiled the project at MipTV. Sonar is the rebranded RHI Entertainment, which bowed its moniker at the mart (Daily Variety, March 31).

Skein revolves around Allan Quatermain, a Durban, South Africa-based expedition leader hired by a wealthy German nobleman to find his brother, who’s been missing since embarking on a hunt to find King Solomon’s lost diamond mines.

“Allan Quatermain is one of the greatest adventure heroes in all of literature,” Till said. “We are extremely excited about this opportunity to partner with Ecosse as we introduce Quatermain to a new generation and bring his timeless exploits into the 21st Century.”

Director and cast have still to be set,

London-based Ecosse Films specializes in high-quality drama for film and TV. Ecosse’s $50 million drama, “Camelot,” a 10-part series for Starz Channel and Channel 4, stars Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Tamsin Egerton and Eva Green.

Gotham-based Sonar Entertainment develops, produces and distribs TV series, miniseries and movies for the global market.

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