MTV is officially moving forward with its own fantasy thriller series (likely hoping it will be the networks own “Game of Thrones.) The network will be adapting Terry Brooks’ Shannara straight to series with a 10-episode order.
MTV is teaming with Jon Favreau and Smallville duo Al Gough and Miles Millar to adapt the international best-selling fantasy novels. The script came from Gough and Millar and immediately was approved by the studio executives causing Shannara to bypass the traditional pilot stage.
Casting has not yet begun. Jonathan Liebesman has signed on to direct taking over for Favreau. Liebesman will direct the first two episodes and also be credited as an exec producer. Gough and Millar will write and exec produce; Brooks, Dan Farah and Favreau will also exec produce.
The Shannara series is a long running beloved fantasy series that first started in 1977 with The Sword of Shannara and encompasses multiple trilogies and a prequel totaling over 25 books.
Shannara takes place 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.
This adaptation will be the first time the series has been brought to television. It was optioned for a film in 2007 but the rights expired in 2010 having never been made.