MTV Networks and Sonar Entertainment are set to film the TV adaptation of the classic fantasy adventure book series ‘Shannara’ at Auckland Film Studios Limited and various locations throughout New Zealand.
The adaptation of the popular fantasy books, written by Terry Brooks, begins pre-production this month and filming will commence in February 2015.
Screen Auckland, council’s specialist industry development team within Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), has worked with the film’s producers since early 2014 providing expert assistance and ensuring their needs were met.
Brett O’Riley, ATEED chief executive, says, “We are pleased to have played a major role in attracting this large-scale international production to Auckland. It will employ hundreds of Aucklanders directly and indirectly, and will have significant economic impacts beyond the screen sector.”
Auckland Film Studios Limited chairman James Hill says that the studios are ready for the challenge of adapting such a well-known series.
“The Shannara books already have a worldwide following eager to see a screen adaption,” he says.
“We are confident that the new series will recreate the world imagined by Terry Brooks in a faithful manner, and introduce a whole new generation of fans to what is already a classic."
“We are delighted that Auckland Film Studios will facilitate that adaption, and we can’t wait to see the end result,” says Hill.
Arthur Anae, Auckland Council’s economic development committee chair councillor, welcomes the decision. He says it will reinforce New Zealand’s position as a go-to destination for quality film and television production, increase Auckland’s profile and showcase the city’s world-class facilities and locations.
“The agreement underlines the value Auckland Film Studios brings to a modern, vibrant Auckland as it encourages creative industries and highlights the city’s capability to deliver high quality, Auckland-made productions to the world,” he says.