The Shannara Lands at Warner Bros.

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Warner Bros. has acquired film rights to The Shannara, the bestselling fantasy book series by Terry Brooks. Brooks is the second biggest-selling living fantasy book writer, after “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.

Variety says WB has franchise hopes for his 14-book series, which is set 1,000 years in the future, in a world populated by elves, trolls, gnomes and dwarves in a post-apocalyptic Earth. The Shannara family is a half-Elf, half-man clan with magical abilities and warrior skills who must save the world.

The Shannara has never been optioned for film treatment because the author has avoided it. WB intends to first develop The Elfstones of Shannara, the second book in the series.