Robert Jordan’s long-running high fantasy epic, The Wheel of Time, is finally getting it’s long-awaited screen adaptation, which will be produced by Sony Pictures Televison and Amazon Studios. The series takes place in a world where magic is present, but can only be performed by women.
The series has taken a long winding road to this adaptation; the first book was published in 1990, and first optioned for a series in 2000 by NBC, which led to a dead end. Then, in 2004, Red Eagle bought the film, TV, video game, and comic rights to The Wheel of Time, and proceeded to air a pilot for the series which allowed it to hold onto the rights. The rights dispute was solved in 2016, making way for Amazon Studios to take over the adaptation.
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Robert Jordan, the author of The Wheel of Time, unfortunately passed away before the series was completed. He left extensive notes to allow for another author to take over and conclude the series. Brandon Sanderson, author of the novels in the Cosmere universe, (Elantris, Mistborn, Warbreaker, The Stormlight Archive, and White Sand) finished the final three volumes. Jordan’s widow, Harriet McDougal, will be a consulting producer for the show.
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Synopsis of The Wheel of Time:
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs―a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts― five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.
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