The epic forces of light and darkness are set to strike the small screen as recent news broke of legendary fantasy author Robert Jordan's 14-novel saga The Wheel of Time being targeted for a future TV adaptation.
James Oliver Rigney Jr., who wrote under the pen name of Robert Jordan, passed away in 2007, and the rights to the intellectual property had been tied up in the courts over a legal issue with Red Eagle Entertainment. Jordan's widow, Harriet McDougal, made the announcement on Thursday night regarding the resolved matter and freeing the way for a major network or production house to pick up the adaptation rights for a prestige miniseries or ongoing episodic show.
“Wanted to share with you exciting news about The Wheel of Time. 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.”
This is a sizeable prize for a cable network or streaming entity to grab, and chances are it will be snatched up pretty quickly, especially with HBO's Game of Thrones coming to an end in the next 18-24 months and Outlander enjoying roaring success on Starz. Transcending conventional notions of time and religion and steeped in European and Asian mythology, the first book in the sprawling series, The Eye of the World, was published in 1990, launching the best-selling series into high fantasy literary legend. The final three books were released posthumously, written by Brandon Sanderson using Jordan's detailed story notes. The family's estate hopes to land a major player soon (if not already found) to give this vividly conceived world a proper TV transformation.
Are you a fan of Jordan's The Wheel of Time books, and do you believe this series has the right stuff to thrive in today's fantasy-fueled market?