During last night's VMA's, MTV premiered the first trailer for their much anticipated Game of Thrones-esque fantasy show.

The Shannara Chronicles is based on the series of the same name by American author Terry Brooks. The series is set in a world where civilisation has been destroyed and magic and monsters have emerged, and elves and humans fight against the Demons that plague their world.

The first season follows a trio, played by Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton and Ivana Baquero, who set out to stop a demon from destroying the Four Lands that make up their home.

The 10-part series was filmed in New Zealand earlier this year. Sweeping shots of local scenery are highlighted in the mostly dialogue-free trailer, which instead focuses on characters and effects.

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The trailer plays up the shows fantastical elements. Quick shots of sword fighting, magical ceremonies and strange creatures are played in quick succession, as well as longer takes of CGI-created set pieces.

The first season of Shannara will be based on The Elfstones of Shannara, the second book in the original trilogy. First published in 1977, there are now 27 books in the Shannara franchise: the latest, The Darkling Child, came out in June this year.

A screenshot from the trailer for the Shannara Chronicles, combing CGI with the New Zealand landscape.
A screenshot from the trailer for the Shannara Chronicles, combing CGI with the New Zealand landscape.

Terry Brooks has given his seal of approval to the adaptation. At the show's Comic-Con panel, he said it would unavoidably be different but that he is happy with what has been done.

Jon Faverau, director of the first two Iron Man movies, is executive producer. The cast also includes Lord of the Rings star John Rhys-Davies and Kiwi actor Manu Bennet.

The series, created by Smallville showrunners Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, is set to premiere in January 2016.

- nzherald.co.nz