The Wheel of Time (TV series)

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The Wheel of Time
GenreFantasy
Based onThe Wheel of Time series
by Robert Jordan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkAmazon Video

The Wheel of Time is an upcoming American fantasy web television series set to premiere on Amazon Video. It was ordered to series on October 2, 2018.

Premise[edit]

The Wheel of Time follows "Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the ‘Aes Sedai’ as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women. Moiraine believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it."[1]

Production[edit]

In 2000, NBC optioned the screen rights to Robert Jordan's fantasy novel series The Wheel of Time but did not ultimately proceed with the production.[1] In 2004, Jordan sold the film, television, video game, and comic rights to the series to production company Red Eagle Entertainment.[1] In 2015, Red Eagle Entertainment paid air time to cable network FXX to air Winter Dragon, a 22-minute pilot for a potential The Wheel of Time series starring Billy Zane and Max Ryan that allowed Red Eagle to hold on to the rights to the project.[2] Subsequently, Jordan's widow Harriet McDougal filed a lawsuit against the company[3] that was resolved in 2016.[4]

On April 20, 2017, it was announced that Sony Pictures Television was producing a new adaptation of the book series in association with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Rafe Judkins was expected to serve as showrunner for the series and executive produce alongside Rick Selvage, Larry Mondragon, Ted Field, Mike Weber, and Darren Lemke. Robert Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal was set to serve as a consulting producer.[5]

On October 2, 2018, it was announced that Amazon had given the production a series order. Additionally, it was further announced that Amazon Studios would serve as a production company for the series.[1][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d White, Peter (October 2, 2018). "Amazon Orders Adaptation Of Fantasy Drama 'The Wheel Of Time' To Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (February 9, 2015). "A Wheel of Time pilot was produced and aired when no one was looking". The Verge. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Gardner, Eriq (February 13, 2015). "FXX Pilot Airing at 1:30 a.m. Leads to Eye-Opening Slander Lawsuit". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Trendacosta, Katharine (April 28, 2016). "The Wheel of Time Is Going to Be a TV Series After All". io9. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Otterson, Joe (April 20, 2017). "'Wheel of Time' TV Series Lands at Sony". Variety. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Ritman, Alex (October 2, 2018). "'Wheel of Time' Fantasy Drama Nabs Amazon Series Order". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  7. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (October 2, 2018). "Amazon Orders Female-Driven Fantasy Series 'The Wheel of Time'". Variety. Retrieved October 2, 2018.

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