Jon Favreau Helming 'Shannara' Series For MTV

In an attempt draw some of those Game of Thrones viewers to its young-skewing network, MTV has give a script-to-series commitment to Shannara, based on Terry Brooks' epic fantasy.

According to Deadline, the network will most likely go right to series if it likes the script penned by Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. The first season reportedly will take its cues from the second installment of the 20-book series, called The Elfstones of Shannara. Jon Favreau is also on board to direct, and will act as a producer along with Millar and Gough should the project go to series.

“I am thrilled to be working with the Smallville creators Al and Miles again along with the amazingly talented Jon Favreau,” MTV President Susanne Daniels said. “We feel that the Shannara novels are a perfect fit for MTV as this type of fantasy genre has continuously proved to resonate with our audience.”

The Shannara books follow the adventures of an Elven family of the same name. They live in a world of fantasy and magic that evolved after our world was mostly destroyed in the Great Wars. Last September, Sonar Entertainment and Farah Films announced that they were working on adapting the 20-book series for television.

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