It seems HBO's success with Game of Thrones may have opened the floodgates for serious small-screen fantasy. Next up? Terry Brooks' best-selling Shannara novels.
Brooks' long-running Shannara series was first published in 1977, and the story follows a magic-infused medieval world set hundreds of years after the end of human civilization via a nuclear holocaust.
No distribution deal has been announced yet, but developers Sonar Entertainment and Farah Films plan to start shopping the project to U.S. networks soon.
As for Brooks, he seems psyched to have the chance to see his epic story play out on the screen. As Variety reports:
"Partnering with Sonar Entertainment and Farah Films on adapting the Shannara saga for television is an exciting prospect. Everything about both companies suggests the result will be one that both old and new fans of the books will readily embrace. I am committed to doing everything I can to help make this happen."
Since HBO has proven you can do fantasy right with the hit Game of Thrones series based on George R.R. Martin's novels, it's encouraging to see studios branching out to give other properties a shot at a wider audience.
What do you think? Is Shannara a good fit for TV? If so, which network do you think should take it?
(Via Digital Spy)