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06 June 2007  |  Written by   |  Source: Variety

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With Lord of the Rings long gone and Harry Potter five-sevenths done, the search is on for the next big fantasy franchise - but the search may be over, with the announcement that Warners has bought the rights to the Shannara series by Terry Brooks.

The series, spread over 14 books, is set in (what turns out to be) a waaaay post-apocalyptic future. But it's all cleverly disguised as a generic fantasy world, with elves and dwarfs and trolls and gnomes and magic and all that malarky. The Shannara family, on whom the books centre, are half-man, half-elf, all blessed with magical abilities that may be needed to save their world.

Brooks is the world's second biggest selling living fantasy author, after that Rowling bird but ahead of the likes of Terry Pratchett, Robert Jordan and Raymond E. Feist. He's resisted the temptation to sell before now, so let's hope that they've promised him lots of care and attention and not just lots of money.

The plan is to start with the second book in the series, The Elfstones of Shannara, and go from there. But, Brook fans, don't get your hopes up too high just yet. Remember that The Wheel of Time has been optioned but never appeared; that A Song of Ice And Fire is supposedly coming to HBO, and that budget problems can always stop a fantasy film dead in its tracks. Still, with the weight of Warners behind it and a very healthy sales record, it could happen, so keep fingers crossed.


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RE: Shannara Headed To Big Screen
I have always felt that Terry Brooks was a bit of a fantasy journeyman hack, however, I did enjoy reading the Shannara books when I was a pre-teen.  Are we looking at a LOTR quality production or Eragon mark II?   Hope for the former, expect the latter.       More

Posted by trussedfund at 15:20 on 12 June 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Shannara Headed To Big Screen
I think that Terry Brooks is the best fantasy writer of this time. If you truly love fantasy then you should read any Terry Brooks stories. He has an ability to keep a series going without one character in all of them. He is currently connecting two series, Running with the Demons and the Shannara series together. The great thing about the Shannara series is three movies don't have to be made. You can make just one movie and it will tell a story. I personally would like to see The Voyage of the More

Posted by arod22 at 23:01 on 11 June 2007 | Report This Post

Whilst we are on the subject
I'm currently reading the 'Belgariad' series by David Eddings and have to say if any series deserves the movie franchise treatment it's that one! I constantly find myself thinking how well it would transfer to the big screen More

Posted by eddjohns at 13:41 on 07 June 2007 | Report This Post

Whilst we are on the subject
I'm currently reading the 'Belgariad' series by David Eddings and have to say if any series deserves the movie franchise treatment it's that one! I constantly find myself thinking how well it would transfer to the big screen More

Posted by eddjohns at 13:33 on 07 June 2007 | Report This Post

fantasy in general
It's looks like fantasy is on its way back in films, with mostly comic book movies being made at the moment it's refreshing that great fantasy books are getting screen time. I just hope they don't get made like dungeons and dragons was but in the style that lord of the rings, which worked and made it feel real. More

Posted by anakin solo at 12:38 on 07 June 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Flatulent Bob
In response to your comment about not doing any more Fantasy as they'll not be up to LOTR standards how about we: making Horro movies as we have Exorcist already ith comedy as we have Airplane rs as there is already Manhunter Fi and Animation as we've got 2001 and Toy Storyow about movies altogether as we have Godfather 1 & 2 (pick your fave)   Let's just hope that whatever Genre the studios chose to make films in there is a modicum of originality. More

Posted by AaronGallagher1 at 10:46 on 07 June 2007 | Report This Post

huh
im not against fantasy, but why are they all part of 60odd-book series? (note the over exageration is not ignorance) More

Posted by jonny-w at 23:04 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

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it's like starting LOTR halfway through The Fellowship of the Ring More

Posted by vader100 at 20:50 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

Great books, not so similiar to LOTR but same sort of feel. But why oh why not start with the first book, "The Sword of Shannara" as it totally sets up the rest of the series. Not like could do LOTR then do the Hobbit after, much more back story. More

Posted by tonyjj23 at 17:13 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

Dragonlance?
I would much rather see the Dragonlance series up for adaptation myself. I never could really get into the Shannara books. More

Posted by shool at 16:54 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

next fantasty franchise? what happened to King's?
I thought the next massive fantasy film adventure was going to be the Dark Tower series by Stephen King? Have I just bought and raced my way through all the books for nothing? (Other than a cracking read of course) More

Posted by charliethomas at 15:36 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Who? What?
series, spread over 14 books, is set in (what turns out to be) a waaaay post-apocalyptic future. But it's all cleverly disguised as a generic fantasy world, with elves and dwarfs and trolls and gnomes and magic and all that malarkye]   so its Planet of the Apes meets LOTRs?   which book reveals the 'twist' of it being a future earth?   (i know nothing about Shannara btw) More

Posted by jackcarter at 13:24 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Who? What?
L: JagLover L: mafyou I've not read any of these books so the films sound interesting. Set over 14 books? No way will they all get made. It's not a continous story like LOTR. The early ones are self contained stories that are set generations apart(the Shannara kids in Elfstones are descended from the one in the first book). The common character for the early books is a long lived magician. sp; Gandalf? Oh... More

Posted by clownfoot at 12:48 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Who? What?
L: Halfling What the hell's all this about?? Oh yeah, silly me - Hollywood being original again. Goody! ENOUGH WITH THE FANTASY BOOK ADAPTATIONS ALREADY - THEY'LL NEVER BE AS LOTR!!!!t, rant over - I thank you! sp; More

Posted by Flatulent_Bob at 12:40 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

what you talking about enough of the fantasy stuff it's only just started .it sounds interesting i will wait for further developments .i just wish new line and jackson would kiss and make up so we can see the hobbit done by the right person no offence sam riami More

Posted by alimac at 12:25 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Who? What?
L: mafyou I've not read any of these books so the films sound interesting. Set over 14 books? No way will they all get made. sp; It's not a continous story like LOTR. The early ones are self contained stories that are set generations apart(the Shannara kids in Elfstones are descended from the one in the first book). The common character for the early books is a long lived magician. More

Posted by JagLover at 12:01 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Who? What?
I've not read any of these books so the films sound interesting. Set over 14 books? No way will they all get made. More

Posted by mafyou at 11:45 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

Who? What?
What the hell's all this about?? Oh yeah, silly me - Hollywood being original again. Goody! ENOUGH WITH THE FANTASY BOOK ADAPTATIONS ALREADY - THEY'LL NEVER BE AS GOOD AS LOTR!!!! Right, rant over - I thank you! More

Posted by Halfling at 10:48 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

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L: vader100 Why start with the second book? Sometimes Hollywood can be so completely stupid it hard to believe. All they want is the big battle scene between the elves and demons and sod the actual story arc of the trilogy sp; The first book is derivative of LOTR.   Its been a while since I have read them but I do remember that the second book was better. It also has a more original story line. The battle between elves and demons could be awesome. More

Posted by JagLover at 10:45 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

My point is......
the story isn't worth bothering with at all. A lot of fantasy does follow LOTR to the letter and that is understandable to a point, after all LOTR is part of a story telling tradition that goes back THOUSANDS of years (ol' Papa Tolkien, did, after all, write his Middle-Earth stories as an excercise in myth making, taking themes and archetypes that are pretty much the building blocks of European folk-myth and doing something new with 'em.) What isn't so understandable is Brook's slavish adherence More

Posted by Stebop at 10:39 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Brooks is a hack.
l miss the 1st book because it follows LOTR's plot structure BEAT BY F*CKING BEATsp; You could say that about most fantasy books being that LOTR is the holy grail for the fantasy genre. The Sword of Shannara sets up a lot of the history of the world it is set in and if that gets squeezed into the film then a lot of other things will get left out. If not then a lot of backstory will be missed and the whole point of having a series to flesh out the characters and the history of the fa More

Posted by vader100 at 10:11 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

Brooks is a hack.
Read a few of these as a youngster and had reasonably fond memories. Found a copy of The Sword of Shannara on my hols as a grown up so I thought I'd re-read it for old times sake, a bit of light, nostalgic comfort reading. The story was so cliched, the writing so hackneyed I wanted to travel back in time and kick my own (much narrower) ass for being such a f*cking glummer. There's plenty of (well some) decent fantasy lit. out there to adapt, why adapt this sh*t? In answer to vader100's opening More

Posted by Stebop at 10:03 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
All they want is the big battle scenes?   How many people rave on about ROTK being the best LOTR film and the only thing it has going for it is the battle scenes.  Its what the public want unfortunatly they don't know what actually makes a great film. More

Posted by Flatulent_Bob at 10:01 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

Why start with the second book? Sometimes Hollywood can be so completely stupid it hard to believe. All they want is the big battle scene between the elves and demons and sod the actual story arc of the trilogy More

Posted by vader100 at 09:27 on 06 June 2007 | Report This Post

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