Terry Brooks has written over 17 novels in his wildly popular Shannara series. It bean with The Sword of Shannara in 1977 and has continued through Witch Wraith which was released in July 2013. Due to the success of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings MTV has purchased 10 episodes of Shannara.
Jonathan Liebesman has signed on to direct the first two hours of the series, to be shepherded by showrunners Miles Millar and Alfred Gough. Liebesman gives some credibility with his recently work on “Battle Los Angeles,” “Wrath of the Titans” and the upcoming reboot of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
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. It is interesting they are starting on the second book first. It might prove to be the best call as the first season will feature an intense plot about the elves’ magic failing and the evil Dagda Mor trying to return to the world.
Terry Brooks said in a statement “I’ve been dreaming about seeing these books adapted properly for thirty-five years, and now its really happening. So let’s all celebrate dreams coming true. I will continue to keep you all posted as things progress.”