Shannara TV Show?

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  1. chris777

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    Terry Brook's Shannara Heads to TV

    I couldn't find that anyone had posted this yet....It may be old news, but first I'm hearing of it.

    http://m.ign.com/articles/2012/09/11/terry-brooks-shannara-heads-to-tv

     
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    Yay! I believe his Landover books are also getting the movie treatment, which is good.
     
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    i hope its more "game of thrones" adaptation, than a "sword of truth"
     
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    It's good yet bad. Good that another fantasy series is getting a shot at another media outlet. But bad that....WHY Shanarah? Isn't it just a LOTR ripoff. Not like the standard books that followed, but I mean a complete 1-1 ripoff. I've not read it, but I've heard the characters are almost the same and the sword is the ring..etc.

    http://www.redbrick.dcu.ie/~melmoth/comp.htm

    Whatever, better than no fantasy books becoming TV shows!
     
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    Because (1) it is enormously successful, (2) has legions of fans, and (3) a wealth of novels/story stuff from which to draw.
     
  6. Loerwyn

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    And isn't Sword of Shannara supposed to be the "real" LotR rip-off? I don't think that applies as much to the successive books.

    But as Rob said, there's some good reasons to do Shannara. I'd go one more and say it's a safe property to play with.
     
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    The first book is an admitted homage to LOTR, to be kind. That having been said, I enjoyed reading The Scions of Shannara quite a bit.
     
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    I'll check this out since I read all of his books when I was younger and really enjoyed them. It will interesting to see how they hold up now that many years have past since I read the Shannara books.
     
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    I have always liked Terry's books, in fact I am on my waiting list at the library for the new one. So I would love to see a series made of the Shannara world. As long as they don't give it the same treatment they did to the Sword of Truth series. One of the worst shows I ever saw. I think we have Game of Thrones to thank for the fact that producers are realizing there is a market out there for fantasy lovers. As long as they do it well. But we all know that will come down to money, so here's praying.
     
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    Interesting that they are starting with the Elfstones. Probably a good choice though, I personally think it might be the strongest book of the entire series, plus if they start with the Sword it will get alot of flak as a blatant Tolkien ripoff. But the Elfstones is an awesome book, wonder if they would just skip the sword and come back to it later?

    Big question is, how will this work in series form? For the most part the characters are different in each of the first 3 books so they would need a new cast every season. The Scions would work pretty well as a multi-season show I guess, I remember really enjoying those books.
     
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    Interesting. This was going to be a movie for a long time, with Mike Newell (who did one of the HARRY POTTER films and FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL) attached to direct. They were also going to start with ELFSTONES. The project stalled when Newell was recruited to do the PRINCE OF PERSIA movie, and now it seems to have transformed into this TV project.
     
  12. chris777

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    My thoughts exactly. Can you guys find mention of what TV Network this will be on? If it's SyFy or something it'll end up just like SoT series. Let's hope for HBO or maybe AMC if they can following Walking Dead's example a bit.(with slightly better actors)
     
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    I haven't read any of these for about twenty five years, but I remember the third one was far and away that best - was that Elfstones? The one with the three escaped demons running rampant across the land, I can see that working on the telly.

    The first one was...of it's day, shall we say. I can't imagine anyone who's watched GOT and the LOTR films being remotely impressed by it these days to be honest.
     
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    Elfstones was the second, Wishsong(?) is the third.
     
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    Oh right, I don't remember the second one at all then. Will keep an eye out for it but I can't say I'm expecting great things exactly :p
     
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    Pete, actually I believe you do remember the Elfstones. Your description of the demons at least I believe is describing the 2nd book, the Elfstones where the Reaper, Changeling and the rest of the Demons escape the Forbidding? The 3rd is the Wishsong and also was good. But like you I haven't read these for probably 15 years so I could be confused too!
     
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    You are not confused, but are absolutely correct.

    I'd personally love to see an Elfstones series. Like many, I haven't read this in 20 years but it was definitely my favorite of the original trilogy which is as far as I got with Brooks.
     
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    Gotcha, my mistake and that's definitely the one I'm thinking of. In which case, this could be quite entertaining. :)
     
  19. DailyRich

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    I guess starting with the second book is a good way to avoid the more direct LOTR comparisons. Or maybe it's a case of the rights to the first book being tied up somewhere else. That said, Elfstones was always my favorite; I burned through the entire thing on Christmas Day after getting it as a gift.

    One caveat though: Sonar Entertainment used to be Robert Halmi Productions, the company responsible for mini-series like Tin Man, Earthsea and Dinotopia. So temper your expectations based on how you felt about those.
     
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    Oh dear, Earthsea did not go down well from what I remember.