I haven’t read any of the Shannara books, as written by Terry Brooks. It’s one of those never-ending sagas with over 20 installments and I’ve heard they’re generally hit or miss. The first book is said to be an almost direct copy of the Lord of the Rings, so MTV’s new show will actually start us off with book 2, the Elfstones of Shannara. The trailer below, courtesy of SDCC 2015 looks pretty stunning. It’s clear that they put a lot of time, energy, and cash into this post-apocalyptic sword and sorcery fantasy epic. They even went so far as to head out to New Zealand to film.
Whether this will rival the immensity of HBO’s Game of Thrones, remains to be seen. But it’s clear this is MTV’s answer to it’s popularity.