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“Legend of the Seeker” Debuts on Television This Fall

Disney-ABC Domestic Announces “Legend of the Seeker” - Produced by Sam Raimi‏

San Diego, CA. – July 25, 2008 – The highly-anticipated epic fantasy series, previously known as (working title) “Wizard’s First Rule,” will officially launch as “Legend of the Seeker,” it was announced yesterday at the 2008 Comic Con International Convention during a panel led by series executive producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. “Legend of the Seeker” combines elements of fantasy, adventure, magic, mystery and romance, shot with the enchanting and exotic New Zealand landscape as its backdrop.

In addition, 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 wise and 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 and fearsome 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 charismatic bloodthirsty tyrant that Richard must prevent from unleashing an ancient evil that will enslave the world.

From the talented team behind the long-running, successful series “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and “Xena: Warrior Princess,” and the studio that produces primetime network hits including “Lost,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Ghost Whisperer” and “Army Wives,” the series will kick off with a thrilling two-hour premiere event on November 1, 2008.

“Legend of the Seeker” has been cleared by Disney-ABC Domestic Television in 95% of the country. to date, including all of the top 50 markets. Production on the 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.” Goodkind’s popular epic fantasy series are international bestsellers that have been translated into over 20 languages.

“Legend of the Seeker” is produced by ABC Studios, marking their first venture into broadcast syndication. Sam Raimi (”Spider-Man,” “Spider-Man 2,” “Spider-Man 3″ and “The Evil Dead”), Rob Tapert (”The Grudge,” “Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and “Cleopatra 2525″), Joshua Donen (”The Quick and the Dead”), Ned Nalle (production executive for “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”) and Kenneth Biller (“Star Trek: Voyager” and “Six Degrees”) serve as executive producers.



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    Kahlan(Bridget Reagan)


    Richard Cypher (Craig Horner)
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    Zed (Bruce Spence)


    Chase (Jay Laga’aia)
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  • interesting..
  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator
    Looks promising
  • the advantage with being in syndication is it got a guaranteed [as these things go] 22-episode commitment so at least full season siya.
  • wew!another HEROES ba to? interesting!hmmm..
  • bat parang nareremember ko dtio ang eragon?hehe..wala lang,
  • hehe..oo nga mukhang eragon ..pero may dragon din dito, sa last part ng series... astig to! *okay*
  • eucky87 wrote: »
    wew!another HEROES ba to? interesting!hmmm..

    yan din yung expectation ko, tapos Director/Producer pa nito si Sam Raimi pa... good thing ginawang series to para mas detailed, although the idea of making this a movie will also be great kaso kulang ang 3 hours sa magagandang scenes... siguro naman sa 22 episodes eh halos maco-cover nila ang buong book ng Wizard's First Rule...
  • studio23 wrote: »
    the advantage with being in syndication is it got a guaranteed [as these things go] 22-episode commitment so at least full season siya.

    sana lahat ng Sowrd of Truth books ma-film... ;)

    Wizard's First Rule (1994) - Legend of the Seeker Season 1

    Stone of Tears (1995)

    Blood of the Fold (1996)

    Temple of the Winds (1997)

    Soul of the Fire (1999)

    Faith of the Fallen (2000)

    The Pillars of Creation (2001)

    Naked Empire (2003)

    Chainfire (2005)

    Phantom (2006)

    Confessor (2007)

    whew! dami pa...
  • new series...up ko lang :wave:
  • from the article... this sounds like it will be on syndication and not primetime... and if it is on primetime... then i say FLOP.
  • well, sana hindi...maganda kasi yung story..hope they won't messed it up...hindi naman siguro tatanggap ng project si raimi ng flop na story...looking forward to 11-01-2008... :spinstar:
  • SDCC 08: Wizard's First Rule First Look
    Sam Raimi brings the beloved fantasy series to TV.



    July 24, 2008 - First, a caveat: I have not read the eleven books in Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series. In fact, I've only read the first 50 or so pages in Wizard's First Rule itself. So I'm not well versed in the world that will be depicted in this television series. I am, however, a big fan of fantasy, and I get very excited when it comes to the screen with integrity (Lord of the Rings), and I get upset when it sucks (Dungeons and Dragons).

    The people who assembled to see the Wizard's First Rule panel were obviously not fans of the TV show, since there is no show yet. They were fans of the books – and they came to see if – and how – the series could be made faithful to the novels they so clearly love. The panel was comprised of long-time producing partners Sam Raimi and Rob Tappert, executive producer Ned Nalle, and author Terry Goodkind.

    Obviously, Raimi and Tappert are most famous, at this point in their careers, for the Spider-Man movies. Raimi went from being a beloved cult film director to superstar blockbuster filmmaker with his adaptations of the Marvel comics superhero. However, before that all began, Raimi – and Tappert – were making two television series in New Zealand that become enormous hits in their own right: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Xena: Warrior Princess. It was those two series that proved (for millions of fans anyway) – that fantasy could be done on television and be done well. So it seemed like a logical choice that Goodkind would bring his beloved books to – not only one Hollywood's most successful filmmakers, but a producer who had done it right before.

    Goodkind talked about maintaining the integrity of his stories and characters, and – pointing at the three men on the panel with him – he said, "I'm working with the most talented people in the world." He said that he had been approached on multiple occasions about adapting the "Sword of Truth" series, but he wanted to make sure it was the right people doing the adaptation.

    When Raimi was asked why he chose to get involved in the project, it didn't take long until he was talking about his love for the books. He said that the characters were "so rich, and the love story so dynamic," that he was just swept up in it. Raimi used a lot of vernacular from the books and seemed to talk easily using the terminology of Goodkind's fantasy world. As he referenced different elements, fans were nodding there heads or laughing in agreement – and there was a palpable sense that fans of the book were growing more comfortable with the idea of this series being in the hands of Sam Raimi.

    The announced some casting for the main roles, and the actors were mostly unknowns. Craig Horner will play Richard Cypher, with Bridget Regan as Kahlan and Bruce Spence as Riddicus. All of these actors were seen in costume and make-up, in short clip reels that were quickly assembled to give the fans a taste for what this world will look like. The costumes are intricate and interesting – and do not look cheap renaissance faire outfits – which is often the case with fantasy gone wrong. Whether the actors look right for the part will have to be decided by fans of the books, but the quick glimpses here were intriguing. One actor who had not shot any scenes yet was Craig Parker, who would be playing the tyrant Darken Rahl. The image they showed of him was a traditional actor's headshot, so Raimi assured fans that this is not how'd he look as Rahl, which got a good round of laughs.

    The series will be shot in New Zealand, like Hercules and Xena, as well as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. That country has become the de facto fantasy setting. This is because of its varied landscape, Raimi said – there's a tremendous amount of variety and majesty that the writers and directors can use to bring Goodkind's world to life. And judging from what they showed today, the production is making full use of the setting – with vast fields, forests and mountains filling the frames. One shot of Kahlen walking on a mountaintop overlooking a valley was particularly impressive.

    Although the series has only been shooting for four days, they managed to bring a few glimpses of some action footage as well. There were shots of swordfights, Kahlen using magic, and a man jumping off of a horse swinging his sword and having the frame slow down mid-swing, a la 300. The action certainly looked exciting and had a "big" feel to it. It didn't seem like a cheap syndicated TV series by any means. Granted, this is footage specially prepared for the series' first look offered up to fans – and the press. Nonetheless – if people were expecting a shoddy production, that does not seem to be the case. After all, not only have Tappert and Raimi had years to learn from the days of Xena, but there is likely a difference in what you can demand with the Spider-Man franchise at your back.

    A series of questions from fans seemed to convey a sense of skepticism that Goodkind's books, which have some starkly adult themes, sex and violence, and some particularly nasty gore – could possibly be brought to television – by ABC and Disney no less. Goodkind said that the books were written for adults, and that the gore and other elements were "how the story is told, but not the story itself." Tapper then pointed out that just before coming to San Diego he had to approve the color of fake blood that the series was using. He then reminded the audience that he and Raimi were, after all, The Evil Dead guys. Goodkind then said that the overriding philosophy in his books – and which will be in the series – is "Your life is yours and yours alone, rise up and live it."

  • sorry. flop.
  • this sounds interesting. will give this a shot...
  • Whoa, these are the Terry Goodkind books, right? Cool.

    Although maka-LOTR pa rin ako, might give this one a shot. :D
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