MTV orders 'Shannara' series from Terry Brooks, Jon Favreau, 'Smallville' creators

MTV has ordered "Shannara," a fantasy series based on the novels of Terry Brooks. "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau will collaborate with "Smallville" creators Al Gough and Miles Millar to executive-produce the series.

According to, MTV is expected to order "Shannara" straight to series if the pilot script meets expectations. Could this be the next "Game of Thrones"-style hit?

Set in the future, thousands of years after our current civilization is destroyed, the "Shannara" book series follows the Shannara, mixed elf and human people with magical abilities and adventures that reshape the world. Season 1 of the MTV television series would be based on the second book in the series, "The Elfstones of Shannara."

The books first appeared in 1977 with two new installments published in 2013 and more planned for 2014. They are estimated as the highest-selling fantasy series with no television or film adaptation.

"I am thrilled to be working with the 'Smallville' creators Al and Miles again along with the amazingly talented Jon Favreau," MTV president Susanne Daniels said in a statement. "We feel that the Shannara novels are a perfect fit for MTV as this type of fantasy genre has continuously proved to resonate with our audience."

Brooks, who will also executive-produce the potential series, added: "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,"

If "Shannara" goes to series, it will join another supernaturally themed MTV drama, "Teen Wolf," on the network.

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