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MTV Moving Forward with Terry Brooks ‘Shannara’ Series With Jonathan Liebesman Directing

MTV Moving Forward On 'Shannara' Series With Jonathan Liebesman Taking Directing Reins From Jon Favreau -

In December, MTV gave a script-to-series commitment to Shannara, a drama series based on Terry Brooks’ massive fantasy book series. Jon Favreau was set to direct and Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar to write, marking one of the most ambitious moves on the network’s scripted side since since Susanne Daniels became president. Now the fantasy is a reality, with a twist: MTV has greenlighted 10 episodes of the series, but scheduling conflicts have forced Favreau to exit the director’s chair, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ director Jonathan Liebesman coming aboard to direct first two episodes. He also will have an executive producer credit.

Shannara features plenty of young-adult adventure and romance to suite MTV’s target demographic (it would be compatible with MTV’s only successful drama series so far, Teen Wolf, which also has supernatural elements). The books — originally set up as a feature film at Warner Bros — are set in our world, thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization. The story centers on 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 title in the series and credited with setting the series’ place in the fantasy world. The first book in the series came out in 1977 and has spawned sequels, prequels and graphic novels, with the time-shifting and complexity of the series great enough that there’s even a page on Brooks’ website suggesting the best order in which to to read them.

Brooks is the second-biggest-selling living fantasy book writer after Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, with the Shannara books estimated to be the highest-selling fantasy series in the world without a screen adaptation. Liebesman is repped by CAA and David Gardner at Principato Young.

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Why make it an MTV series instead of a set of movies like Harry Potter and Hunger Games?

Is the goal to be like Game of Thrones for teens?

I can't find anything out there, about what direction they intend to take the story, maybe once they start the actual filming, we'll hear something.  It has been so long since I read this series, and a lot more has been written.

I hope they do a good job with this. I loved this series when I was a kid - one of my favorites. Ironically, I was just talking to my kids about reading the series. I guess they can just watch it on TV now?!

I guess, although it's unclear when the series will start on the air.

Janill, I can't find anything more out there about this too!

Rich, have them read it first ;)  Then they can compare the book to the show, along with you ;)

Good idea. Wish me luck! :-)

Good luck!

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