[TV] MTV Developing Series Based on Shannara Novels
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.06.2013
From the fantasy books by Terry Brooks...
If you grew up as a fantasy fan in the 1980s, you're more than likely familiar with Terry Brooks' Shannara series. And you're not alone; the series is one of the highest-selling fantasy series in the world. Thus, it makes sense that someone would get to adapting it and that someone would be MTV. The network announced a development deal with Sonar Entertainment to turn the novels into a TV series, with Jon Favreau directing and executive producing the pilot while Al Gough and Miles Millar will write and executive produce if the project goes to series. Brooks will serve as an executive producer as well.
The book series, which began in 1977 with The Sword of Shannara, is a high fantasy series which is set thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization and in which magic and primitive technology are prevalent. The novels focus largely on the Shannara family, who were the Elven royal family, and their descendents who are empowered with magic. Should the show be greenlit to series, the first season would focus on the plot of The Elfstones of Shannara, the second book in the series which explains much of the history of the Elves.
President of MTV Programming Susanne Daniels said in the announcement, "I am thrilled to be working with the Smallville creators Al and Miles again along with the amazingly talented Jon Favreau. We feel that the Shannara novels are a perfect fit for MTV as this type of fantasy genre has continuously proved to resonate with our audience."
Brooks also commented, saying, "I believe we have formed the perfect team to bring Shannara to life on screen. The adaptation of these books is very important to me, and I believe we are on the right track in our endeavor to create an epic television series that both new and old fans of the books will love."