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Cinemablend.com has an indepth look at what happened during the Wizards First Rule (now known as Legend of the Seeker) panel with Sam Raimi, Terry Goodkind, Rob Tapert and Kenneth Biller.
The story of the Wizard's First Rule panel at Comic Con is simply this: If you're a fan of the books, prepare to be miserable. If you're a fan of Sam Raimi or Xena: Warrior Princess, get ready to relive the syndicated television fantasy magic of the mid-90s.
Sam Raimi and author of the "Wizard's First Rule" series of fantasy books Terry Goodkind, showed up at the San Diego Comic Con this year to talk about Raimi's new syndicated television series based on Goodkind's books. Joining them were show executive producers Robert Tapert and Kenneth Biller. Goodkind made his philosophy regarding the project pretty clear from the outset. His plan? Hand it over and let Raimi do whatever the heck he wants with it. Says Goodkind, "They're going to do things for the right reasons. These are the most talented people in the world. Let them find the path to accomplish this story on the screen, and do it the best way it can be done. It doesn't mean they're going to constantly follow the story… but they're going to do stories inspired by the books."
TV Squad First Report from Comic Con
Well, the big news to come out of the Wizard's First Rule panel was that the series is not going to be called Wizard's First Rule. The new title is Legend of the Seeker. Why? Well, according to panelists and author Terry Goodkind the name change was made to focus on the hero of the book itself rather than the main book of the series.
A few other tidbits from the panel and press event can be found after the jump.Click here to read more
Highly-Anticipated, New Epic Fantasy Series to Launch as "Legend of the Seeker" (Series Formerly Known As "Wizard's First Rule")
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS ALSO ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL CASTING AT COMIC CON Nationally Syndicated Series From Disney-ABC Domestic Television and ABC Studios Set to Premiere Nationwide the Weekend of November 1st
Last update: 7:05 p.m. EDT July 24, 2008
SAN DIEGO, July 24, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- 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 today 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.Read more
Lucy, Renee, Rob and Sam at Comic Con!
That's quite a line up for the biggest fan convention ever - unfortunately tickets have been sold out. Never fear though, LB and Annie will be at the convention and will be reporting back with pics and other assorted goodies.Lucy: 24 July 2008 4:45-5:45 pm
"SCREAM" Like a Girl panel -
Renee 24 July 2008 4 pm
Atom Film Booth promoting new web series ArkRob and Sam: 24 July 2008 - 3 to 4 pm
Wizard's First Rule - first look and Q&A - Room 6B