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‘Shannara’ on TV is no longer a fantasy

MTV OKs 10 episodes based on Brooks’ books

Published: Saturday, July 12, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Terry Brooks
The 10 television episodes that have been greenlighted by MTV will be based on the book, "The Elfstones of Shannara," written by Sterling High School graduate Terry Brooks and published in 1983.
Terry Brooks' most recent book, "The High Druid's Blade," was published Tuesday. It is the first in The Defenders of Shannara series.

STERLING – The epic Shannara series, popular fantasy novels written by Sterling native Terry Brooks, finally is coming to the small screen, Entertainment Weekly reports.

According to the industry mag, MTV has ordered 10 episodes of “Shannara,” based on the series birthed by Brooks in 1977 with “The Sword of Shannara.”

EW called the signing MTV’s “quest to find its own ‘Game of Thrones,’” referring to the popular HBO series.

“ I really couldn’t be happier with how it’s all coming together, and I am very much involved in the process,” Brooks wrote Friday on his website, terrybrooks.net.

Brooks said the 10 episodes will be based on “The Elfstones of Shannara,” which was publishedi n 1983.

Brooks, a 1962 graduate of Sterling High School and former attorney who now is 70 years old, has since written more than two dozen books in the series, almost all of which have made the New York Times Best Sellers list.

The latest, “The High Druid’s Blade,” was released Tuesday as the first in a new Shannara trilogy, “The Defenders of Shannara.”

The Shannara story, set thousands of years after civilization has been destroyed, revolves around the Shannara family, whose descendants practice ancient magic and whose adventures continually reshape the future of the world.

Brooks’ saga is so successful, in fact, that he is considered by many to be second only to Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling among popular living fantasy writers in the world. Shannara is considered to be the world’s most popular fantasy series that hasn’t yet been adapted for TV or film.

That drought is set to end, Entertainment Weekly reported Friday. According to EW:

Producers plan to base the show’s first season on The Elfstones of Shannara, the second novel in Brooks’ series, a title the network describes as “a fan favorite which spent 16 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list and is accredited with cementing the series place in the fantasy world.”

Jon Favreau of “Iron Man” fame was set to direct and be an executive producer of the series, but now has a scheduling conflict. He will remain an executive producer, but Jonathan Liebesman, director of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” will direct the first two episodes of the series and be an executive producer along with writer-producers Al Gough and Miles Millar (“Smallville”). Brooks and Dan Farah also will be executive producers.

“I’ve been dreaming about seeing these books adapted properly for 35 years,” Brooks wrote on his website, “and now it’s really happening.

“So let’s all celebrate dreams coming true.”

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