This one has all kinds of interesting angles…
It seems everyone wants to get in on the Game Of Thrones / Lord Of The Rings vibe going on out there. Variety.com is reporting that MTV has given a 10-episode order to Shannara, based on the series of books by Terry Brooks.
The series has a few interesting names attached to it. The executive producers are Miles Millar, Alfred Gough, Jonathan Liebesman, Dan Farah, Jon Favreau and Brooks. Favreau, director of Iron Man and Swingers, was originally attached to direct the project as well but had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. Liebesman, director of the soon to open Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Wrath of the Titans, will direct the first two hours.
And then we come to the showrunners Millar and Gough, the men who brought us Smallville.
The new series will start with the second novel (of 17 written since the 1970s), The Elfstones of Shannara. It will feature a strong female lead as it tells the story of a family with magical powers in a post-apocalyptic world.