Almost a year ago, it was announced that fantasy author Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga was finally coming to TV after some legal hurdles were resolved. Today, we have some concrete news that the long-in-development project is moving ahead.
According to Variety, Wheel of Time has now landed at Sony Pictures Television (which produces Outlander on Starz) in a deal with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures, with Rafe Judkins tapped to write and executive-produce the high fantasy series. Judkins’ got some solid geek cred, having worked on genre shows such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hemlock Grove and Chuck. Jordan’s widow, Harriet McDougal, will serve as consulting producer so I’m hopeful the project is now in good hands.
Since the TV series will be based on the 14 novels making up the Wheel of Time saga written by the late Robert Jordan (under the pen name of James O. Rigney Jr.) — starting with The Eye of the World in 1990 and ending with A Memory of Light, which was published after Jordan had passed away in 2007, finished by Brandon Sanderson (the Mistborn series) — there’s going to be plenty of stories to mine and characters to bring to life.
The story follows the “quest to find the Dragon Reborn, who it is said will help unite forces to combat The Dark One.” That’s some pretty nifty fantasy stuff right there, and since Game of Thrones will be coming to a close next year, it’s clear Sony has its eye on filling the massive fantasy void that will be left when the critically acclaimed HBO fantasy series ends in 2018.
After being in various stages of development since the early 2000s, and that super duper secret (and weird) 2015 half-hour pilot episode titled Winter Dragon (starring Billy Zane!), let’s cross our fingers that with Sony Pictures Television now in play, the road to bringing the world of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time to the small screen has gotten shorter.