Terry Brooks’ Shannara Chronicles book series has been entertaining people since 1977. SyFy is getting ready for a 16 January debut of an MTV screen adaptation of Brooks’ second book, The Elfstones of Shannara. A movie adaptation of the first book, Sword of Shannara, is reportedly in pre-production.
Long after destruction of our civilization, the Four Lands are inhabited by humans, elves, dwarves, gnomes and trolls. After a War of the Races ends, the Elf King Eventine (John Rhys-Davies) bans the use of magic and the knowledge of troublesome demons which have been bound into the magical tree known as Ellcry. However the tree is now coming to the end of its life and as each leaf falls, an evil thing is released from its prison to cause havoc again.
It is thought the tree can be saved by the last member of the Order of the Chosen – King Eventine’s granddaughter Amberle Elessedil (Poppy Drayton). While trying to unlock magic which has not been used in centuries, she finds help from the elf-human hybrid Wil Ohmsford (Austin Butler) of the Shannara line and the human Eretria (Ivana Baquero), daughter of the nomadic Rover clan’s leader. Guidance for the trio comes from the ancient Druid Alanon (Manu Bennett), also the last of his kind.
Showrunners and screewriters for The Shannara Chronicles are Al Gough and Miles Miller. Other executive producers include Terry Brooks, Dan Farah, Jon Favreau and Gene Stein as well as Jonathan Liebesman who also co-directs the first two episodes. Other directors are James Marshall, Brad Turner and Jesse Warn.
Filming of the initial 10 episodes took place in New Zealand which is just another reason to compare this series with the Tolkien Lord of the Rings classic.
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