AFM: Tele-Munchen Group Takes Fantasy Franchise 'Shannara' for German-Speaking Europe
'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' director Jonathan Liebesman is adapting Terry Brooks' bestselling fantasy books in a 10-episode series for MTV
Tele-Munchen Group (TMG) has snagged Germany-speaking rights to The Shannara Chronicles, the fantasy series based on Terry Brooks' bestselling novels, which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles director Jonathan Liebesman is adapting for MTV.
Smallville duo Al Gough and Miles Millar are producing the series for Sonar Entertainment. MTV has given Shannara a 10-episode straight-to-series order. Casting has not yet begun.
Brooks’ Shannara series takes place hundreds of years in the future, after modern human civilization has been laid to ruin following a cataclysmic event known as the Great Wars. Humans have reverted to living in a Medieval state where magic exists alongside science and mystical creatures such as elves and trolls populate the Earth. The series focuses on members of the Shannara clan, a noble lineage with mixed heritage of man and Elf that allows them to wield magic.
The first season of the series will be based on The Elfstones of Shannara, the second novel in the franchise, which was published in 1982 and spent 16 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.
Iron Man director Jon Favreau is an executive producer on the series, alongside Brooks, Liebesman, Dan Farah, Stewart Till and Gene Stein.
TMG acquired the rights to Shannara from Sonar Entertainment. TMG managing director Herbert L. Kloiber and Stein, CEO of Sonar, announced the deal on Wednesday.