BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Disney-ABC Domestic Television
is bringing a new first-run, live-action weekly series to the syndication
marketplace for a Fall 2008 launch, it was announced today by Janice
Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television. From Executive
Producer Sam Raimi ("Spider-Man," "Spider-Man 2," "Spider-Man 3" and "The
Evil Dead"), the one-hour weekly series is based on Terry Goodkind's
bestselling epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth, which follows the
extraordinary transformation of woodsman Richard Cypher into a magical
leader who joins with a mysterious, beautiful woman to stop a bloodthirsty,
"We are thrilled to offer a network-quality show to the syndication
marketplace from the studio that brings us 'Lost,' 'Grey's Anatomy,'
'Desperate Housewives,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'Ghost Whisperer' and the new
Lifetime hit 'Army Wives,' together with the talented team behind 'Xena:
Warrior Princess' and 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,'" said Janice
Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television. "The time is right to
introduce a captivating new series from this well-established and
successful genre that is sure to be an attractive fit for stations across
"We're very excited to move into the first-run syndication arena," said
Mark Pedowitz, president of ABC Studios, "especially with Sam Raimi, a
visually dynamic filmmaker who's mastered the fantasy genre."
"Terry Goodkind is a brilliant author and I fell in love with his
books, reading them with my family," said Executive Producer Sam Raimi. "In
discussing these incredible storylines and rich characters with my friends
and partners Robert Tapert and Josh Donen, we agreed that 'Wizard's First
Rule' would make an amazing television series -- one that could be produced
with compelling, self-contained episodes."
Goodkind's popular epic fantasy series The Sword of Truth are
international bestsellers that have been translated into over 20 languages.
Goodkind's first installment Wizard's First Rule was published in 1994 and
ten additional titles have subsequently been released.
"Wizard's First Rule" will be produced by ABC Studios, marking their
first venture into broadcast syndication. Production is slated to begin on
the 22 episodes this May. Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert ("The Grudge," "Xena:
Warrior Princess," "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Cleopatra
2525"), Joshua Donen ("The Quick and the Dead") and Ned Nalle (production
executive for "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Hercules: The Legendary
Journeys") serve as executive producers.
SOURCE Disney-ABC Domestic Television