Interview with Rob Tapert at ComicMix - the interview is mainly about the Ghost House Underground DVD release but also touches on Legend of the Seeker, Xena and other Rob projects:
CMix: Haha, me too! Now you are working on a new TV project, is that correct?
RT: Yes, Legend of the Seeker, which is now the title of Wizards First Rule, based on a series of books by Terry Goodkind. The books came from one of my partners, Josh Donen (son of Stanley Donen). I read the books, passed them on to Sam [Raimi] who loved them who said "Rob, this is what we should go back into the television business with!". It was an opportunity to return to TV with Action/Fantasy, which I love, and there really isn't anything on TV like it right now. We then got bankrolled by Disney and ABC, where president Mark Padowitz lead the charge. It's something we are very excited for, starting on November 1 with a big two-hour premiere. We've taken what we like from the books--the romance, fantasy, action and adventure-- and brought it to life with a great cast.
CMix: Now, with you and Sam being pioneers of fantasy television in the 90s, will we be seeing some of the same style as in Hercules and Xena?
RT: Not quite, and it's been a learning curve for us because we knew we couldn't do the same thing. Hercules and Xena were often very post modern and it wasn't really necessary to be self-referential. I can't exactly say the Seeker takes itself more seriously because we're only on episode nine at this point, so the series is still finding itself. They are both certainly different and a learning curve, not just for us, but even the department heads finding the right props to make the world come to life. But it has been interesting, but I'd say they feel like something unique unto themselves.Read the full interview