Taking their understanding of "fantasy" beyond the staged reality of a professional skateboarder, MTV has set about making their own Game of Thrones of sorts. With Jon Favreau and Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, they're reportedly developing a show based on the Shannara books, the Terry Brooks series that was a fair indicator its reader owned a dice bag. Though the still-growing twenty-some book epic began with The Sword of Shannara, producers are said to be bypassing that to go straight to its follow-up, The Elfstones of Shannara. The show has a straight-to-series order, meaning it will by-pass the pilot stage if the network likes the script, going into production with Favreau directing and Gough and Millar writing.
"I am thrilled to be working with the Smallville creators, Al and Miles, again along with the amazingly talented Jon Favreau," MTV programming president Susanne Daniels said in a statement. "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." What are Snooki's various shows, after all, but unreal elven tales that just won't seem to end.