Shannara Series In Development
Game of Thrones is apparently not the only fantasy novel series looking to the small screen for a second life. According to a recent report from Variety, the hugely successful Shannara series is currently in development to hit a TV near you in the coming years.
Sonar Entertainment and Farah Films have aquired the rights to the series of books, written by Terry Brooks, with the intention of shopping the potential series around to several networks. Right now all they have are the series rights and good intentions, but with the recent successes of several fantasy-book-turned-TV-series, a future pickup does not sound entirely unlikely.
The Shannara series recently saw the publication of the 20th bestseller of its 25 year run. The story takes place hundreds of years after the destruction of our civilization and follows the Shannara family as they use their powers to go on adventures that reshape the future of the world. As of this writing, the intention is to use the second book in the series, The Elfstones of Shannara, as a basis for the show’s first season.
When asked about the project, Brooks explained:
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.
The words of encouragement are nice to hear from the creator of the universe, but you can’t expect someone involved in the development of the series to say anything differently. In the end, should the series find a home, the show – and fans – will have to speak for themselves. Many a failed series has been the product of good intentions from those involved.
Check back in for more information on the series as it moves through development.