Virgins of the world rejoice! Some more movies about elves, druids, and gnomes are coming to a theater near you! Warner Brothers has picked up the rights to Terry Brooks' Shannara series. If you're like me, you're probably asking yourself, "What in God's name is the Shannara series?" Well, I can tell you that it "blends technology and magic." I can tell you that it is "set in a world decimated by apocalyptic battles, with mankind splitting into races of trolls, gnomes, dwarves, and men, with elves coming out of hiding." And I can tell you that parents' basements worldwide will be briefly vacated when these babies come rolling out! I kid, I kid! Put your wands down, everybody, I'm joking around!Has anyone read these books? Could this be another Lord of the Rings or is it just another pale imitation?
The first book in the series was called The Sword of Shannara. It was published in 1977, and was the first fantasy book to top the New York Times best-seller list. Brooks has written over a dozen novels in the series since, so there's plenty of material available should the franchise take off. The most recent book in the series was Straken, released in 2005. In the books, "politics and war are waged using magic, with a backdrop of the skeletal remains of skyscrapers and subways." Warner Bros. is looking for writers now, and intends to kick off the film series with the second book (makes sense) -- The Elfstones of Shannara. My opinion on this is kind of irrelevant -- I have never been able to get into anything in this genre outside of Harry Potter and Willow. I didn't even like playing The Legend of Zelda (by the way, surely a Zelda movie can't be far off, right?). More power to these people if they can make this into a hit franchise, but I'd imagine the lower-than-expected grosses for Eragon have them a little nervous.