This could be the most interesting new TV show of the next year or so. MTV has ordered Shannara, based on the heroic fantasy novels by Terry Brooks, straight to series. The first season will be 10 episodes, based on The Elfstones of Shannara.
Top image: Doug Beekman, Sword of Shannara.
As we reported last year, the pilot is being written by former Smallville showrunners Miles Millar and Al Gough. Jon Favreau was signed up to direct, but is now just producing, due to a scheduling conflict. Instead, the first two episodes will be directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
It's sort of interesting that they're skipping over the first novel and adapting the second instead — but the second book is less obviously beholden to Lord of the Rings, and lets the show have an intense plot about the elves' magic failing and the evil Dagda Mor trying to return to the world. It'll be interesting to see MTV try to do something with the scale and ambition of Game of Thrones, but the youth-oriented snark of Smallville and MTV's own Teen Wolf.