Epic fantasy saga The Shannara Chronicles is coming to 5* it has been announced.
Created and Executive Produced by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville) and Executive Produced by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), The Shannara Chronicles is based on the 26 volume book series by Terry Brooks telling the epic story of an Elvin princess, a bandit and a half-Elf tasked with stopping the end of the world.
The epic series is set in a world thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization. Earth is divided into what is known as the Four Lands, whose inhabitants are a mix of races including elves, dwarves, trolls, gnomes and humans. At the centre is the Shannara family, whose descendants are empowered with ancient magic and whose adventures continuously reshape the future of the world.
As the story begins, dark and terrible forces thought to be confined for years, begin to escape. When Amberle (played by British actress Poppy Drayton), a young elf princess, Wil (played by Austin Butler The Carrie Diaries), the last descendant of the Shannara family and Eretria (played by Ivana Baquero Pans Labyrinth), a human rover learn that only they have the power to stop the advancing evil, they form an uneasy alliance.
Their seemingly impossible quest to save the world becomes a voyage of self-discovery as they find the inner strength to overcome self-doubt and fear, and embrace their destinies. The series also features Lord of the Rings star John-Rhys Davies.
Katie Keenan, Head of Acquisitions, said of the deal, “The Shannara Chronicles, one of the hottest shows in the US right now, is the next chapter in our growing number of young skewing programmes on 5* and we can’t wait for these to bring a whole new audience to the channel.”
“We are very excited about the worldwide response to our new series, The Shannara Chronicles, and are thrilled that it has found a perfect home on 5*” says Marielle Zuccarelli, EVP International Distribution for Sonar Entertainment.
The series, which features 10 episodes, premiered in the US last week on MTV and it was viewed 14.6 million times across all platforms.
The Shannara Chronicles acquisition comes just after 5* announced that it would be the UK home for Heroes Reborn.