MTV is moving forward with a new series based on Terry Brooks' Shannara fantasy novels. The network is aiming for something along the lines of Teen Wolf meets Game Of Thrones, with the hopes that it can be just as successful as either of the two.
The book series first started in 1977 with The Sword of Shannara, and encompasses multiple trilogies and a prequel, totalling 25 books in all and making Brooks the second biggest-selling [living] fantasy author after Harry Potter‘s J.K. Rowling. The Shannara books are also estimated to be the highest-selling fantasy series in the world without a screen adaptation.
Shannara is set in our world, but thousands of years after the destruction of civilization. The tale is centered around the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the world.
Producers plan to base the show’s first season on The Elfstones Of Shannara, the second book in the series. MTV has greenlit ten episodes, but scheduling conflicts have forced the original director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) to exit the director’s chair, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles director Jonathan Liebesman coming aboard to direct the first two episodes instead. Previously announced writer-producers Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville) will remain on board. Terry Brooks and Dan Farah as well as Favreau will be executive producers. Incidentally Warner Bros. picked up the rights to the Shannara universe in 2007 for a feature film, but they expired in 2010.
There’s been no casting for the show just yet, but Shannara joins a roster of original scripted dramas at MTV including Finding Carter, Eye Candy and the wildly popular Teen Wolf. The network is still developing an adaptation of Scream as well, however that project is currently still in production limbo.
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