Game of Thrones has opened up fantasy to whole new audiences. Suddenly geek is cool, the in-thing, the thinking mans crumpet, the choice of many of the fashion conscious. No longer the dominion of the spotty teen and bespectacled nerd.
So studio bigwigs have done the inevitably and cast their eyes about for another source of income, another license to print money.
Step forward The Shannara series by Terry Brooks. First published in 1977 and now spanning over twenty books and numerous trilogies.
Years ago the Warner Bros brought the rights but decided it would be more fun to sit on them than actually make a film. The rights have now expired and MTV has picked them up, confirming that they will adapt the second book, The Elfstones of Shannara.
Originally Jon Favreau was attached to the project but has left “due to schedule conflict” though that could just be a polite way of saying he doesn’t want to do it… Taking over is Wrath of the Titans and Battle Los Angeles director Jonathan Liebesman. Hopefully this is a indication of the studios seriousness to do the source material proud because both of those films, while hardly groundbreaking, are impressive to look at.
Writing duties have been handed to Al Gough and Miles Millar, arguably best known for Smallville.
Be warned though, Shannara is nothing like George R.R Martin’s twisty turny tome. Characters are not particularly complex and few surprises are sprung. What it does offer though is excitement, action, adventure and a cheeky bit of romance.
The fact that it is MTV and the writers of Smallville suggest that the show could be aimed at a young audience. So what do you think. Good news? Bad news? Or does the whole idea leave you face painted with Forbidding…