MTV To Adapt ‘Shannara’ Series With Jon Favreau As Director

By December 6, 2013

Here’s a bit of “whaaaa?” news for you.

Terry Brooks’ popular young adult fantasy series known as Shannara is being developed for MTV with Al Gough and Miles Millar (whom most fans know as the creators of “Smallville”) writing and Iron Man director Jon Favreau directing.

According to Deadline, MTV’s new lady president Susanne Daniels gave “Shannara” a script-to-series order and if the network digs it, they’ll get a straight-to-series order and will sit atop the supernatural drama throne alongside their other hit series, “Teen Wolf.”


Blending magic with primitive technology, the Shannara series is about an family of Elven nobles (with the surname Shannara) who reside in the Four Lands – which in some books is identified as “Earth long after civilization as we know it was destroyed in a chemical and nuclear holocaust called the ‘Great Wars.'”

With the first book published in 1977, there have been over THIRTY books (with three more scheduled for release in 2014) along with a number of companion guides and PC game (made in ’85). This makes Brooks the second-biggest living fantasy writer (behind Harry Potter‘s J.K. Rowling) and (estimated) highest-selling fantasy series that HASN’T had a page-to-screen adaptation…until now.

Author Brooks himself said that, “The adaptation of these books is very important to me, and I believe we are on the right track in our endeavor to create an epic television series that both new and old fans of the books will love.”


The first season (if picked up) will begin with the second (and fan favorite) book in the series, 1982’s The Elfstones Of Shannara. 

I’ve never read Shannara but apparently it’s gangbusters and seems like Gough and Millar have a vast fount of material to draw from…not to mention the marketing possibilities are endless (something I’m sure MTV is WELL aware of).

It kinda sounds like “Game Of Thrones” meets “The Lord Of The Rings” for the teen set…I need to make a trip to my local bookstore!

Stayeth tuned.

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