Game of Thrones is coming to a natural end and everyone will have a huge fantasy shaped hole in their lives. Thankfully, the news reaching us today is that Amazon has given the green light to a deal to see an adaptation of Robert Jordan’s fantasy epic The Wheel of Time brought to the screen for an epic fantasy series.
It looks like the deal is done and Wheel of Time is heading to Amazon Studios, and is likely to be as big an epic as the recent HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones. This week on Twitter Rafe Judkins who produced ABC’s Agents of Shield and Netflix’s Hemlock Grove confirmed he would write and act as showrunner for the series, but there’s no news yet as to when it might go into production.
The series is beyond epic, with fourteen novels in the Wheel of Time series, the first one released in 1990. The tale is a traditional ‘light vs dark’ fantasy and if adapted correctly should start with the 1990 novel, The Eye of the World. However, given Amazon’s description it looks like we’re going forward to go back as it looks as though the series will start with the 2004 prequel New Spring.
Sadly Robert Jordan died in 2007 with the series incomplete and Brandon Sanderson wrapped up the epic in 2013 with A Memory of Light. It’s not know how long the Amazon series will be or how many of the books it will cover.
It’s not the first attempt to bring Wheel of Time to the small screen, since 2000 several attempts have been made to bring the series to life but now it looks like it’s finally happening.
For more than a year there has been talk of Amazon finding it’s own ‘Game of Thrones’, a few months ago there was talk of the studio bringing The Three Body Problem to life but no more has been heard of that, but with fourteen books in The Wheel of Time series, the studio may now have its hands full for a while