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Jon Favreau On Board For Shannara Adaptation
MTV wants to turn Terry Brooks' books into a series

08 December 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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With the Hobbit trilogy keeping the fantasy flames alight at the box office and Game Of Thrones going great guns on the small screen, other companies are searching for sword and sorcery stories to adapt and hopefully hit their own goldmine. MTV is pinning its hopes on Terry Brooks’ massive-selling Shannara books, with a team including Jon Favreau and writers Al Gough and Miles Millar involved.

The production team, which includes Brooks albeit most likely in a similar advisory fashion to George R.R. Martin on Thrones, have an order to generate scripts for a show that, if the ideas are approved, would skip the usual pilot stage and go straight to series.

While the books began in 1977 with The Sword Of Shannara and have since encompassed various trilogies and even a prequel, the TV team are looking at kicking off the first season with The Elfstones Of Shannara, which hit in 1982 and was the title that made the novel series famous.

Set thousands of years after the fall of our civilization, the books find the world back in a medieval fantasy state, and focus on the Shannara family, empowered with ancient magic, whose adventures shape the world they live in.

"I believe we have formed the perfect team to bring Shannara to life onscreen," Brooks said. "The adaptation of these books is very important to me, and I believe we are on the right track in our endeavour to create an epic television series that both new and old fans of the books will love."

Of course, it’s not the first time someone has had the idea to adapt Brooks’ most famous work: Warners bought the rights back in 2007 with the aim to have something to fill the void once the Potter films finished. Weirdly, the studios’ plan was also to start with the second book, and TV might be a more natural home for such a sprawling tale.  


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RE: Why oh why????
Ok, just looked & never knew of the "prequel" books..... May have to do some reading!! But I stand by starting with sword. Elfstones is a good book but please start at the beginning ( don't get me started on Narnia!!!) If can make work as well as Thro rd then could be a great show, will only work on tv as would need a trilogy per book!!! Wishsong is a bit wishy washy!! And the Heritage series is ok but find Par & Col very annoying..... More

Posted by tonyjj23 at 22:32 on 09 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Why oh why????
Sword of Shannara is far too much like LotR to go with. Elfstones is the second of the original trilogy and an excellent place to start. There is no need to have read Sword either, as there is little in the way of crossover (other than Allanon). If done well, this could be another Game of Thrones. If done badly, it could be another Legend of the Seeker. More

Posted by Darkaje at 14:24 on 09 December 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Why oh why????
L: tonyjj23 They need to start with the Sword of Shannara it sets up the whole Trilogy....... sn't there a prequel trilogy though? Is Elfstones one of those? That would make a sort of sense I guess. More

Posted by Osric at 10:22 on 09 December 2013 | Report This Post

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They need to start with the Sword of Shannara it sets up the whole Trilogy....... More

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