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Legend of the Seeker: New Publicity Photo Released

The ‘Legend of the Seeker‘ production has released a new publicity image as the show’s November release draws nearer.

The Sam Raimi poduced weekly television series, from Disney-ABC Domestic Television and ABC Studios, is based on the first novel from Terry Goodkind’s best selling eleven book “Sword of Truth” fantasy series. The first twenty-two episode season will follow Richard Cypher (Craig Horner) who, while investigating the vicious murder of his father, meets the mysterious Kalhan (Bridget Regan). Together they seek to stop the wizard Darken Rahl before he releases an ancient magic that will either allow him to dominate the world or destroy it.

‘Legend of the Seeker’ premieres on television November 1st.

Legend of the Seeker: Video Interview Posted

The kind folks over at IGN have posted a video interview with Terry Goodkind, Sam Raimi, Robb Tappert and Ned Nalle. The interview, which was done at SDCC is spoiler free, but does provide some insights into the production of Legend of the Seeker (formerly Wizard’s First Rule).

For PCZ’s Comic-Con report from this panel click here.

SDCC 08: Direct From The ‘Wizard’s First Rule’ Panel

The first big news just announced in the panel is the the TV series now has a new title. It will now be called Legend of the Seeker. It was felt, mostly by Terry Goodkind, that it was more fitting to name the series with an over-all title instead of just the first novel in the series.

To be updated after the panel with more casting announcements.

FIRST UPDATE: We just saw the trailer and it looks fantastic. Now, you can see it too!

SECOND UPDATE: New casting additions: Jay Laga’aia (Captain Typho in the recent Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith) as Chase. Bruce Spence (Road Warrior) as Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander. Craig Parker (Haldir of Lórien in The Lord of the Rings trilogy) as Darken Rahl.

Goodkind Conjures a Change of Publisher and Genre

Terry Goodkind’s next book will not be published by Tor. With the release of The Confessor last year, the Sword of Truth saga is officially complete and now Mr. Goodkind is looking to switch genres from fantasy to mainstream fiction. To do so he has joined the ranks of Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler and Jack Higgins by signing a three book deal with G. P. Putnam’s Sons. “We are very excited with Terry’s new book and are thrilled to be given the opportunity to share these novels with an even wider market. We recognize the potential to broaden his mainstream audience and I am convinced we can vastly expand his already huge following,” cites Ivan Held, President, G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

The, yet to be titled, first book will be a contemporary thriller set in an American city. “I’m tremendously excited to at last have the opportunity to write stories set in this, our world, in the here and now. I’m sure that most of my readers understand the universal themes that characterize my writing. Those themes transcend genre,” Goodkind writes in a post to his website.

While many fans may be chagrined at the news, Goodkind himself has long stated that venturing away from fantasy was one of his goals. In a 2005 online chat session sponsored by USAToday Goodkind was asked if he had considered writing something other then sword and sorcery. “My interest is in telling stories about heroic figures. In many ways, the fantasy genre is a hindrance to that and so I do consider other ways to tell stories that revolve around important human beings. For me, the biggest interest is the fun of writing interesting tales, and there are a lot of different ways to do that. I’ve thought about writing other stories that are in the same world in a different time, and ultimately, what I’d like to do is write contemporary fiction that general fiction readers are most drawn to. That’s by far my largest audience, is general fiction and not genre readers.”

Terry Goodkind’s career started with a record breaking deal. When Wizard’s First Rule went up for auction he received six times the highest ever paid for a first effort fantasy novel. As fans followed the exploits of Richard and Kalhan, Goodkind racked up twenty-five million copies sold worldwide. Aside from the books, a television series based on The Wizards First Rule, and produced by Sam Raimi (Spiderman, Army of Darkness), is currently in production with an anticipated release of this fall.

The book is set to be released in the fall of 2009

“Wizard’s First Rule” Casts Leads

Sam Raimi’s syndicated series “The Wizard’s First Rule” has cast the two lead characters, THR reported today. Craig Horner and Bridget Regan will star in the hour-long, twenty-two episode series based on the Terry Goodkind novel of the same name.

Horner (ABC’s “Blue Water High”) will take on the roll of Richard Cypher, a simple woods guide who is swept up in an intriguing journey of magic and violence when he meets the beautiful and enigmatic Kahlan, played by Regan (Broadway’s “Is He Dead?”).

The weekly series, from Disney-ABC Domestic Television and ABC Studios, is based on the first book from Goodkind’s best selling “Sword of Truth” eleven book fantasy series. The first twenty-two episode season, will follow Richard as he meets Kalhan while investigating the death of his father. Together they seek to stop the wizard Darken Rahl before he releases an ancient magic that will either allow him to dominate the world, or destroy it.

Using the “Journey Book“, the forums hosted on Goodkind‘s official website, as a gauge, fans are generally satisfied with the casting choices. Most posts point to a trust in Raimi and belief that Goodkind’s input will protect the integrity of the stories they love.

Sam Raimi is executive producing with Robert Tapert, Joshua Donen, Ned Nalle and John Shiban. The production is set to begin this month and will be filming in New Zealand.