25/07/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Disney's epic fantasy TV series, previously known as Wizard's First Rule, will now rebrand as Legend of the Seeker, according to the 2008 Comic Con panel led by producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. This is the one based on Terry Goodkind's novels (the Sword of Truth books), and we do hope the change of name doesn't indicate that Terry is unhappy how the televisual fruit of his loins is shaping up. It's not uncommon for authors to ask for their novel's title to be dropped when they think the film adaption is no good, or not true enough to their novels (although we have heard nothing from Terry to indicate this might be the case).
Legend of the Seeker combines elements of fantasy, adventure and magic - all shot on location in New Zealand just like LoTR and Xena.
The executive producers also announced that Bruce Spence, Jay Laga'aia and Craig Parker will join previously announced lead actors Craig Horner (Richard Cypher) and Bridget Regan (Kahlan) in the first-run, scripted weekly series.
Bruce Spence (Mad Max 2 and The Matrix Revolutions) portrays Zedd, a powerful old wizard who accompanies Richard and Kahlan on their epic journey; Jay Laga'aia (Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith) stars as Chase, a loyal member of the Councilor's Guard; and Craig Parker (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) plays Darken Rahl, a bloodthirsty tyrant that Richard must prevent from unleashing an ancient evil that will enslave the world.
Made by the team behind Hercules and Xena Warrior Princess, the series will kick off in the USA with a two-hour premiere event on November 1st 2008. Production on the series' first 22-episodes is currently underway in New Zealand. The one-hour series is based on Terry Goodkind's book Wizard's First Rule and epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth.
LOTS is produced by ABC Studios, while Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, and The Evil Dead), Rob Tapert (The Grudge, Xena, Cleopatra 2525), Joshua Donen (The Quick and the Dead), Ned Nalle, and Kenneth Biller (Star Trek Voyager) serve as executive producers.
Stephen Hunt's novels - USA