‘Shanarra’ Series Moving Forward at MTV; Jonathan Liebesman Replacing Jon Favreau

By July 11, 2014

If you’re a fan of fantasy, you’ve likely read the “Shanarra” series from Terry Brooks. If not, you’ve seen the books on store shelves. With over 30 titles in the series, and more on the way, Terry Brooks is the second-best-selling living fantasy author after “Harry Potter” scribe J.K. Rowling. The first book in the series, “The Sword of Shannara,” was published in 1977 (which I first discovered on my dad’s bookshelf) and “The Elfstones of Shannara” followed in 1982.

As we reported back in December, then-new MTV President Suzanne Daniels gave the TV adaptation a script-to-series order with Al Gough and Miles Millar (the creators of “Smallville”) writing and Iron Man director Jon Favreau directing.

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Today Deadline is reporting that MTV has greenlit 10 episodes of the series, but with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles director Jonathan Liebesman taking the reins from Jon Favreau. Favreau, who had scheduling issues, will stay on board as an executive producer. Leibsman will produce and also direct the first two episodes.

The first season of the series will focus on “The Elfstones Of Shannara,” which is the second (and most popular) book in the series. If you’re not familiar with the story, which is a personal favorite of mine, it’s set thousands of years after our society’s destruction and follows the Shannara family, who are imbued with magical powers. Back in December, Brooks said of the upcoming series, “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.”

Are you excited to see this one? Go ahead and start fantasy casting in the comments.

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Jenna Busch
Jenna Busch is the co-host of 'Cocktails With Stan' with the legendary Stan Lee. She's a host and writer who's passionate about Star Wars, fantasy and geek culture. Jenna is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and a board member of the Broadcast Television Critics Association (BTJA). She has appeared on G4's "Attack of the Show," and "Fresh Ink," as well as appearing with Wil Wheaton on the premiere episode of "Tabletop." She's got two stories published in the comic anthology "Womanthology" and has done a series of terrifyingly perky voice overs. She also owns far too many swords and lightsabers.
  • wyatt_e

    These books were great! My recall of the plots, not so much. Perhaps a re-read is in order…

  • I just moved my paperbacks into the house from the garage where they’ve idled for a few years. I’m *this* close to doing a Shanarra re-read, now that I see them on the shelf every day.