Another day, another fantasy book series bought up by a major studio. According to Variety, it's Warner Brothers who have done the deed this time. Scrambling to have something in production once Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows disappears from theaters in 2009, the company has purchased the rights to Terry Brooks bestselling fantasy series The Shannara.

The novels are set some thousand years in the future, when elves, gnomes, and dwarfs rule the planet. The Shannara family is a half-elf, half-man group of nomads with special powers. They are called upon to save the world.

Brooks' books are the second best selling fantasy series after Harry Potter. The author was trying to avoid a big screen adaptation, but producers finally wore him down. The first film will be The Elfstones of Shannara.

Look for the films to hit sometime after Harry Potter's reign is complete.

B. Alan Orange