One of the questions I was asked at the Get Lit at the Beach festival was about movies of my books. There is something in the works for Shannara, but until I have a definite contract and a full understanding of what will happen, I have to leave any discussion of that for a little while longer. But I can talk a bit about the other project, which is Magic Kingdom for Sale. The rights for this series was picked up yet again, this time by Warner Brothers last fall and a production company called Weed Road. The latter features people with serious credentials as screenwriters movie making experience and an understanding of how you bring a book to life as a movie. I’ve met with them and like them very much. We finalized a contract late last year, and shortly after that actor Steve Carell signed on as star and producer. He ‘attached’ himself to the project, as it’s called.

Understand, he might drop out. He doesn’t have to wear both actor and producer hats or any hat at all if he chooses not to, so nothing is carved in stone. Right now, a screenwriter with both screenwriting and playwrighting credentials is working on a script for the movie. I’ve met and spoken with him, as well, and think he is a fine choice. All of those involved seemed committed to preserving the integrity of not only the first book, Magic Kingdom for Sale, which is the source for the initial movie, but of the remaining books in the series, too. I am encouraged by what I have seen and been told. I think maybe this time we will get the job done. Cross your fingers. Maybe your toes, too, if you are dextrous enough.

Written by Terry Brooks
I am the author of the Shannara, Landover, and Word/Void series, as well as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Street Freaks. I love to write, read, and travel. For more information about me, you can read my writing guide/memoir, Sometimes the Magic Works.