It was so long ago when I first wrote about the rights to Terry Brooks' Shannara fantasy series rights being snatched up for television that I had forgotten about the project. How long has it been? Since September of 2012 to be exact. I guess this project didn't disappear into development hell after all.
Deadline is reporting that MTV picked up the show and that none other than Iron Man's Jon Favreau will be directing with Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar will be handling writing duties. That's not a shabby team, even if it is on MTV. The trio will join Dan Farah of Farah Films and Stewart Till of Sonar (from last year's story) as executive producers.
MTV may give the series a "stright-to-series" order if they like the script. They feel that the world of Shannara will resonate with their demographic of young-adult fantasy fans.
Shannara is set in our world, thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization. The story is centered on the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the world. The first season of the potential series will be based on The Elfstones Of Shannara, the second title in the series — a fan favorite accredited with cementing the series place in the fantasy world.
Personally, I've never been able to get into Brooks' series, but he is the second biggest selling fantasy writer after JK Rowling. To think we've been wasting all this time on Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones when Shannara was right under our noses the whole time! Hopefully they do the series justice though, we can always use more good fantasy stories on the big and small screen.