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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. (more…)

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MTV used their NYCC15 platform to release a new trailer during their panel on the upcoming adaptation of Terry Brook‘s Shannara fantasy series titled The Shannara Chronicles. The panel included show runners . Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, author Terry Brooks, as well as cast members Manu Bennett, Poppy Drayton, Austin Butler, and John Rhys-Davies. You can check out the entire panel which begins with the new trailer below. (more…)

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While a lot of people might have been watching the VMA‘s last night, I wasn’t. I figured I could just surf the best bits Monday morning. You see, I am not a big MTV fan these days. I haven’t been for a long time, you’d have to go all the way back to when they actually played music videos. When I heard that MTV had grabbed up the television rights to Terry BrooksShannara series I groaned inside, or maybe my stomach just turned over. At the absolute best I figured we might get something along the quality level of Legend of the Seeker. Not that Legend of the Seeker wasn’t some pretty decent fantasy television, but it wasn’t Game of Thrones either. So waking up this morning to this trailer for producer Jon Favreau‘s The Shannara Chronicles is a shoot in the arm for all my thoughts on MTV. (more…)

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There may still be hope for MTV‘s new fantasy series Shannara after all. As the casting of the series continues, fan favorite Manu Bennett has joined the cast in a pivotal role. He’s been on our nerdy radar since he first popped up in Xena, Warrior Princess as Marc Anthony. Since that role he’s been a gladiator, a fearsome Tolkien albino troll, and a chemically enhanced berserker that hates a particular favorite Bowman of ours. What fantasy role will he playing this time? (more…)

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Most of you out there probably know the name of Jon Favreau.  He did, after all, direct the first two Iron Man flicks.  Pretty much all of you have heard of that television station known as MTV – you know, the one that used to play music videos but now relegates itself to pretty much nothing but reality TV and booty-bash beach shows.  Some of you have probably even heard of Terry Brooks and are familiar with his Shannara Trilogy.  But what do all of these things have in common? (more…)

After the successful translation of George R.R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones series from the page to the small screen, it was inevitable that the forces in Hollywood would set themselves the task of finding the next fantasy series money maker.

Cut to today’s announcement that Sonar Entertainment acquired the rights to Terry Brooks‘ much beloved fantasy series “Shannara” and will partner with Farah Films to produce a television series based on the books.

Variety talked with the concerned parties about the production:

Brooks said:

“Partnering with Sonar Entertainment and Farah Films on adapting the ‘Shannara’ saga for television is an exciting prospect. Everything about both companies suggests the result will be one that both old and new fans of the books will readily embrace. I am committed to doing everything I can to help make this happen.”

Sonar Entertainment CEO Stewart Till:

“Terry Brooks appeals to a huge and diverse cross-section of audiences throughout the world. There is an enormous desire to see ‘Shannara’ brought to life for television. We know this is going to be a terrific series that will both delight longtime fans and attract legions of new devotees.”

Farah Films principal Dan Farah:

“Terry has created a rich world of characters and stories that have entertained millions of readers all around the world for a quarter of a century. He has a built-in fanbase that is bigger than those for even the most recent hit book series, like ‘The Hunger Games.’ We’re very excited and proud to have the opportunity to partner with Terry in adapting his great work for the smallscreen.”

Brooks, Farah, and Till will exec produce the series and plan to recruit a showrunner/director before beginning to shop the project to networks. The stated plan is to base the show’s first season on “The Elfstones of Shannara,” the second book in the series.

Starting with the second book in the series . . . could that be because the first book (I liked it) has often been criticized for it resemblance in characters and plot to Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings?

There is also the fact that the second book starts by skipping an entire generation from the characters of the first book. One season to gain fans and then change the entire cast would probably not work in the long run.

Then again the characters are changed throughout the series as the family passes down the generations so fans of the fantasy series already expect that. We’ll just have to wait and see what comes out after they decide on a show-runner.

This news is good for fantasy fans, but I can’t help but hope that someone somewhere in Hollywood would pick up the rights to .Glen Cook’s The Black Company. That would really make a good television series.

What do you think, will you be tuning in or tuning out?