Wheel Of Time Comes To The Small Screen
Robert Jordan’s Wheel Of Time series of novels is finally coming to television. On Thursday, Sony Pictures Television announced they will produce the series along with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Red Eagle was the previous television rights holder to the series. Rafe Judkins, who has worked on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hemlock Grove, and Chuck, has been tapped to write and produce. Additional producers include Red Eagle’s Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon. Jordan’s widow, Harriet McDougal, will act as a consultant.
In 2015, Red Eagle rushed a pilot into production that starred Titanic and The Phantom star Billy Zane. The grainy episode, aired on FX early in the morning, was inspired by the first chapter in the first novel in the series. However, it was seen as an open attempt to hold onto the rights, that were to revert to McDougal shortly thereafter. McDougal made her feelings known on the matter. In April 2016, she posted “Legal issues have been resolved. ‘The Wheel of Time’ will become a cutting-edge TV series! I couldn’t be more pleased. Look for the official announcement coming soon from a major studio.” That was the last bit of news until now.
Of Dragons Reborn And Dark Ones
Jordan started his fourteen book epic with 1990’s The Eye Of The World (The Wheel of Time #1). The series revolves around a young farm boy who declared to be the Dragon Reborn, a messianic figure with tremendous magical power. The Dragon Reborn stands against The Dark One, a powerful magic user who wants to rule the world. The book weaves this plot around political intrigue in various kingdoms. While writing the series, he passed away from cardiac amyloidosis. The series was finished by Brandon Sanderson with the 14th novel titled A Memory of Light, which was published in April of 2013.
Word of the Nerd will continue to keep an eye on this developing story.