MTV will take a big swing next week with its epic adaptation of Terry Brooks’ The Shannara Chronicles, the network’s first stab at high fantasy and sci-fi. We’ve seen a few trailers to boot, but before the January 5 premiere, watch an extended sneak peek from the landmark new series.
MTV has found success with smaller teen-centric thrillers like Scream and Teen Wolf, but can the millennial network go full-on epic for its The Shannara Chronicles adaptation? The first trailer for the Jon Favreau-produced fantasy world has arrived, channeling everything from Lord of the Rings to Thor and I Am Legend.
It's been over a year since we've heard from development on a potential 'Shannara' TV series, but at long last, the fantasy drama oft-discussed in the vein of 'Game of Thrones' has a home. Jon Favreau will develop a 'Shannara' TV series for MTV with 'Smallville' duo Al Gough and Miles Millar, but what chance does it have of moving to series?
Though the fantasy genre has permeated TV in one form or another for years, ranging from 'Highlander' to 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,' nothing yet had achieved such skyrocketing levels of popularity before HBO's 'Game of Thrones' adaptation. Now that the floodgate has been opened and fantasy poised to be the next buzz-worthy genre, could Terry Brook's 'Shannara' novels be the next fantasy epic to turn TV heads?