So MTV is moving ahead with its own Game of Thrones.
MTV has placed a straight to series order for 10 episodes of Shannara, based on the international best-selling fantasy novels from author Terry Brooks. Jon Favreau was set to direct, but scheduling conflicts have forced Favreau to exit the director’s chair. Now Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) has signed on to direct the first two episodes. Smallville creators Al Gough and Miles Millar will write and will executive produce along with Jonathan Liebesman, Jon Favreau, Terry Brooks and Dan Farah.
When development began in December author Terry Brooks said:
“I believe we have formed the perfect team to bring Shannara to life onscreen. 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.”
Producers plan to base the show’s first season on The Elfstones Of Shannara, the second title in the series. credited with establishing the series’ place in the fantasy world. Elfstones spent 16 weeks on the New York Times’ Bestseller list.
The Shannara books are estimated to be the highest-selling not yet adapted fantasy book series in the world. Terry Brooks is estimated to be the second highest selling living fantasy author, after Harry Potter‘s J.K. Rowling. The Shannara series first started in 1977 with The Sword of Shannara and most recently publishing Witch Wraith, totaling 25 books.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter