There’s been an adaptation of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time fantasy series in the works for a long time, but now it’s finally moving ahead at Sony.
The 14-novel Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (aka James O. Rigney Jr.) is a TV show waiting to happen.
Think Game of Thrones meets Shannara Chronicles: Jordan’s Wheel of Time takes place in a medieval-like magical universe in which certain humans, known as ‘channelers,’ can wield something known as the One Power needed to keep the world in balance.
At the start of the series, The Creator (a deity) has imprisoned its antithesis, the ‘Dark One,’ but this Satan-like entity has been set free upon the world, which sparks a war between the Dark One and its followers (Darkfriends, a name only infinitesimally cooler than ‘Death Eaters’) and the light side, which is led by someone known as ‘the Dragon.’
Jordan began working on the novel series in the 1980s and continued until his death in 2007. The final books were completed by fantasy author and longtime fan of the series Brandon Sanderson.
According to Variety And IGN, a TV adaptation has been in the works since 2000, but has been stuck in development hell. The closest we came was in 2015, when a pilot episode titled “Winter Dragon” aired on FXX, with Max Ryan and Billy Zane in the lead roles.
But now, Sony Pictures Television has picked up the rights to the series, and will produce with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Rafe Judkins is attached to write and be an executive producer on the project.
Jordan’s widow, Harriet McDougal, will serve as consulting producer on the series. She wrote on Google+ last year, as cited by Variety, “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.”
We’ll be very interested to see how this project moves forward, and how its dense mythology will be adapted for a TV series format.