I’ve been hard at work writing the third book in the new Defenders of Shannara series and proofing the galleys on the second book (The Darkling Child), but I wanted to take a break to let you know that I have also been very much engaged in what is going on with the Shannara series. I am happy to report that everything is proceeding in a timely and satisfying way.
Let me recap briefly our progress to date. MTV has committed to a season of 10 episodes based on The Elfstones of Shannara book. The entire story will be told in that first season. We have our network, our director and our lead writers, who are known as showrunners in the television business. Choosing to find a home with MTV, while unexpected by some of you, is the right choice. The discussions with the network about how the series will be adapted were positive right from the start. MTV has made a strong commitment to supporting the show and the books on which it will be based.
I am pleased to be working with people who understand the appeal of the books and recognize the intense loyalty the readers have for the stories. We are all committed to doing the very best job we can with bringing those stories to life in a way that will neither diminish nor undermine your expectations.
At present, Miles and Al are hard at work on the scripts for the first episodes. I have tremendous respect for them as craftsmen and I feel great about the working dynamic and how much respect and appreciation they have for my input. Their work in adapting the books for television has been exceptional.
In the months ahead, the remainder of the episodes will be written. Various locations will be chosen for filming. Casting will begin. All of the component pieces will be set in place. Nothing will be rushed; everything will happen in due course. As I am able to do so, I will confirm the details. What I am hoping to avoid is a lot of wild speculation. Everyone involved in this project is aware of the fact that you are watching and will eventually be passing judgment. No one wants to disappoint you. Least of all me.
Please be patient: these things take time to do well. Don’t think I am not taking into consideration any concerns you might have. I am. Every time a suggestion is made or an idea floated, my first thought is this: What will the readers think?
This is a new experience for all of us, but I believe the end result will demonstrate that the wait was worth it. I will keep you updated as possibilities become realities.
All good wishes,