While HBO nears the end of its adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, Amazon is about to embark on an even greater challenge than completing a show based on an incomplete seven book cycle : adapting a fourteen book saga of high fantasy, reality hoping and magic.
Nonetheless, Deadline reports the streaming service will go ahead with a television series based on Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time. Veteran Chuck writer Rafe Judkins will adapt and serve as showrunner for Sony Pictures Television and Amazon. Set in a world where women have access to magical forces, Moiraine treks across the world — and several others — with a band of young people. She suspects one of them is a prophesied chosen one who will every save the lattice-work of worlds or destroy them utterly.
Jordan’s saga briefly appeared on television once before as a 22-minute pilot called Winter Dragon. Staring Billy Zane, it aired on FXX in 2015 during a terrible time slot and, like the Roger Corman’s production of Fantastic Four, was a play to hold onto film and television rights.
Joining Judkins as executive producers are Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon of Red Eagle Entertainment, Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures and Darren Lemke. Harriet McDougal, Jordan’s widow, will serve as a consulting producer.
The Wheel of Time joins Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings series as part of Amazon’s push away from niche character dramas to larger, epic storytelling. And with 14 volumes to work with (the latter three written by Brandon Sanderson after Jordan’s death), Amazon has plenty of epic story to tell.
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