We’ve known about The Shannara Chronicles as an upcoming TV series for a while, and now we’re getting our first good look at the opening sequence of the show. Based on the Shannara novels by Terry Brooks, television-producer and host channel MTV is hoping the series will be their Game Of Thrones. If the newly-released opening credits scene is any indication, I would say they’ve got a good chance at it.
With the show’s executive-producer team including nerd-favorite Jon Favreau, Smallville’s Al Gough and Miles Millar, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Jonathan Liebesman, and author/creator Brooks himself, it looks like the series has the right crew to get the job done. Have a peek at the video:
The opening sequence depicts the end of the United States as we know it, showing the Seattle skyline – as well as most of humanity – being turned to dust and blown away. The TV series (and books) takes place in a post-apocalyptic world which has given rise to elves, gnomes, dwarves, trolls, and druids. The tree that seems to be the focus of the opening sequence is an Ellcrys, whose purpose is to banish demons from the Four Lands. In the written series, the leaves begin falling from the tree, which begins to allow demons back into the realm.
The Shannara series of written works began in 1977 and now include over 25 books, with the most recent coming out in June of this year. The MTV series will be largely based on the second novel, The Elfstones of Shannara. It’s quite a volume of work: The Elfstones of Shannara is a 16-week New York Times bestseller and has sold over 26 million copies in the US. The series is considered to be the highest-selling unadapted fantasy series in the world, so after the success of Game of Thrones and similar titles, it was only a matter of time.
The opening sequence and a few teaser trailers are our only looks so far at the TV series, which will debut on MTV on January 6, 2016. The 10 episode season has bypassed the usual pilot test and gone straight for the full series. With such an impressive roster and property behind the show, it’s safe to say that MTV is going to put everything they’ve got into The Shannara Chronicles.
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