Saturday, 12 July 2014

MTV Will Take You to 'Shannara'

Fantasy drama adaptation set to join the youth network's line up.

By Gregory R.

MTV has given a straight to series order to new fantasy drama series 'Shannara', based on a series of novels first published in 1977 from author Terry Brooks. 

The first season, which slated to premiere on the network in 2015, will consist of 10 episodes and is set to based on the second book in the franchise 'The Elfstones of Shannara', the network announced at their TCA meeting on Friday (July 11)

The series is set to appeal to MTV's young demographic with numerous opportunities for romance, adventure and suspense. "The story is set in our world, but thousands of years after the destruction of  civilization. The tale is centered on the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the world."

In December, MTV gave a script-to-series commitment to the project which meant, if the network brass liked the script submitted, a full series would be ordered.

The TV series will be written by Al Gough and Miles Millar, who previously created the superhero drama 'Smallville' which aired for ten successful seasons and has since gained a cult following. 

Jonathan Liebesman, who directed the upcoming blockbuster Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has now been tapped to direct the first two episodes and will remain as an executive producer.

 John Favreau was originally set to direct the series, but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts.

Sonar entertainment in association with MTV Worldwide is set to produce.

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