When I think of MTV, I think of a television station that at first played music videos, then later slipped into airing some of the most revolutionary animated shows of the 80s and early 90s, and then even later turned into a station almost exclusively filled with booty-shakin’ dance parties on the beach and really, really bad reality shows. Now, it seems as if MTV might be trying to become something more than the butt end of a joke, for they have just signed on to air a ten-episode first season adaptation of Terry Brooks’ Shannara series.
They’ve been looking at this one for a while, but now it’s official. Jonathan Liebesman (Battle Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) will be directing the first two episodes and Smallville writers Al Gough and Miles Millar will be putting the script together.
Furthermore, Brooks fans may be a little upset when they find out that the first book in the series, The Sword of Shannara, will basically be skipped over. Apparently, the powers that be decided that The Elfstones of Shannara (aka Book 2) made better television material, so that shall be the main book that they pull from for the adaptation.
Being as how the Shannara series is estimated to be the most popular fantasy series yet to be transferred to a big or small screen format, this is a big money move for MTV. It’s pretty obvious they’re jumping on the Game of Thrones bandwagon and seeking out that sacred buttload of cash, though it’s still questionable whether or not they can pull it off. The station has, after all, degenerated into something so bad that even music lovers refuse to watch it. Could a collection of hit alternative series be the new future for MTV? Will they return to their glory days of shows like Aeon Flux, The Maxx and Daria? Or is this merely the soul of MTV emitting one last, desperate gasp before it dies forever? I guess we won’t know until the first episode airs.
And just in case you don’t know anything about the Shannara series:
This fantasy series takes a different approach by setting its world in the future of our own. In the wake of an apocalypse, the survivors of our Earth have mutated into Elves, Dwarves and the like. Magic has returned and things generally do what things do in a fantasy epic. There are about 2 dozen books in the series and Brooks is wildly popular for his works.