MTV Greenlights Fantasy Series as Jon Favreau Hands Off Director’s Role

Jul 11, 2014  •  Post A Comment

MTV has greenlighted a new fantasy series, but there's been a shakeup in the behind-the-camera lineup, Deadline.com reports.

The project, "Shannara," based on a book series by Terry Brooks, has a 10-episode order. Jon Favreau had been lined up to direct the project, but he has exited that role, the story reports, with the move attributed to scheduling conflicts.

Coming aboard is "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" director Jonathan Liebesman, who will direct the first two episodes and will have an executive producer's credit, the story reports. Favreau will stay on as executive producer.

MTV gave a script-to-series commitment to the project back in December, the piece notes.

"'Shannara' features plenty of young-adult adventure and romance to suite MTV’s target demographic (it would be compatible with MTV’s only successful drama series so far, 'Teen Wolf,' which also has supernatural elements)," the story reports. "The books — originally set up as a feature film at Warner Bros. — are set in our world, thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization. The story centers on the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the world."

"Smallville" creators Al Gough and Miles Millar are writing the project, along with executive producing.

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