MTV Picks Up “Shannara” Pilot

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Terry Brooks’ epic fantasy series will come to life on MTV.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cable outlet has given the greenlight to a pilot based on Brooks’ Shannara novels.

The adaptation has some heavy-hitters behind it.  Smallville producers  Al Gough and Miles Millar are writing and producing the pilot and Iron Man‘s Jon Favreau is directing and serving as executive-producer.

The series will begin with an adaptation of the second Shannara novel, The Elfstones of Shannara. That installment is seen as better introductory point for a mass audience.

According to reports, Brooks will be involved in helping bring the series to our screens.

“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,” he said in a statement.


  1. David Duprey says:


    MTV? Really?

    I loved the book series, but I have little faith in MTV bringing it to screen. I would have preferred USA or SYFY or anyone else.

    The first book is essentially Lord of the Rings where the big bad is a fallen Druid. A very long book.

  2. They’ve done a good job with 3 seasons and counting of Teen Wolf, so I’m open to seeing what they come up with.

  3. Hmmm..The Elfstones..really? I would have thought The Sword of Shanarra would have made a better “intro” to the series. But what do i know..i just read the books ..

    • David Duprey says:

      I imagine they thought the first book was just too daunting to tackle and it has many similarities to The Lord of the Rings, where Elfstones is a good stand-alone story with some continuation of the larger story.

      I would have thought they may have chosen The Scions of Shannara, that four book series could have been a Game of Thrones story for the General Audience. With it’s four story lines and many characters all converging at the end.

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