Sonar Entertainment and Farah Films have acquired the rights to Tony Brooks' "Shannara" series and play to develop it for television.
Dan Farah of Farah Films and Stewart Till of Sonar will be executive producers alongside Terry Brooks. Good news for fans that Brooks will be a producer, but the show still has a long road ahead of it. They plan to hire director and showrunner before shopping the show to networks.
Brooks' "Shannara" world is set hundreds of years after the fall of our civilization from nuclear war in a world now called "The Four Lands". It may be set in our future, but the stories are still very much fantasy as the world has reverted to a fuedal system and magic, elves and more are in abundance. It follows the Shannara family as they try and reshape the future of the world throughout the twenty book series these last 25 years. The plan is to base the show's first season on "The Elfstones of Shannara," the second book in the series that focuses on the origins of the elves.
Dan Farah had this to say about Brooks' work:
Terry has created a rich world of characters and stories that have entertained millions of readers all around the world for a quarter of a century. He has a built-in fanbase that is bigger than those for even the most recent hit book series, like 'The Hunger Games.' We're very excited and proud to have the opportunity to partner with Terry in adapting his great work for the smallscreen.
And Stewart Till added:
Terry Brooks appeals to a huge and diverse cross-section of audiences throughout the world. There is an enormous desire to see 'Shannara' brought to life for television. We know this is going to be a terrific series that will both delight longtime fans and attract legions of new devotees.
Aside from several other shows he is producing, in the geek-sphere Dan Farah is also working on a remake of "The Crow" and the adaptation of Ernie Cline's outstanding debut novel: "Ready Player One."
Though Brooks' work has a huge following, it is not quite on the level of Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones, nor does it have the same cynical tone of the latter, but I still think this is good news for fantasy fans if done right.