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Why New Zealand Serves As The Magical Backdrop To 'The Shannara Chronicles'

Executive producers Al Gough and Miles Millar explain their decision to bring the series Down Under.

MTV's upcoming series "The Shannara Chronicles" is set thousands of years after the destruction of civilization -- and when the small-screen adaption of author Terry Brooks' post-apocalyptic world debuts in January 2016 (the anticipation), New Zealand will serve as the Four Lands' majestic backdrop. So, why did "TSC" opt to film these epic, magical scenes Down Under? According to executive producer Al Gough, the decision was made for both creative and practical reasons.

"We were going to be shooting it in January," Gough revealed to MTV News during San Diego Comic-Con. "January in New Zealand is the middle of summer. But then I think creatively, it actually gives you the landscapes that you want for a fantasy series."

Meanwhile, executive producer Miles Millar points out that the Kiwi nation is perfect for the best-selling books because of its stunning and diverse landscapes.

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"It feels like you’re in forests, amazing beach locations, mountains," Millar explained. "It’s just epic."

But Millar also noted that NZ has an important legacy for other fantasy productions -- and "TSC" wants to follow in those footsteps.

"You have the people who built the sets, designed the costumes, made the props – all are there," he stated. "It actually started with 'Hercules' and 'Xena,' went into 'Lord of the Rings,' 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.' And that expertise is nowhere else. The level of details we have on our sets, our wardrobe and our props is second to none."

Be sure to stay with MTV News for more updates on “The Shannara Chronicles,” see the first glimpse of the upcoming program below and check out our official Tumblr account — featuring plenty of behind-the-scenes photos — here!