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Issue 15. (Art by Peter Tikos)

The Wheel of Time TV Show

What we know:

Production Studio - Sony Pictures Television
Production Company - Radar Pictures
Show Runner - Rafe Judkins
Executive Producers - Ted FieldMike WeberDarren LemkeRed Eagle
Consulting Producer - Harriet McDougal

New News: Not a peep since JordanCon back in April at which we learnt the following:
Sony Pictures Television has signed a contract with executive producer Ted Field of Radar Productions (with whom Bandersnatch Group signed a contract last year) to develop a TV production of the Wheel of Time series.
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Narg had a Drama Queen moment and called the death of The WoT TV series when Amazon announced they had gone ahead and bought the rights to adapt Lord of The Rings for TV or to be more accurate a Middle Earth based TV series.
With the KingKiller Chronicles(Showtime),  The Witcher series(Netflix), Game of Thrones(HBO) spinoff  and now The Lord of The Rings confirmed, Narg can not see why anyone would try to compete in such a crowded big budget Fantasy marketplace especially if they will be the ones last to market.  Even if someone did try WoT, it would have to be perfect for it to not suffer from comparisons to the other shows which will already have established audiences.
On the bright side Deadline reported that Netflix had offered $100m for the LotR's rights but got outbid when Amazon offered over $200m!
Amazon chief Jeff Bezos’ love of the LOTR movies and desire for Amazon to have a Game of Thrones-sized epic series made the giant most receptive when the Tolkien estate put the rights for sale. Word is that after Netflix offered around $100 million, Amazon substantially outbid them with the promise of rights fees and marketing commitment that puts the transaction past $200 million.
That means despite Netflix already developing The Witcher for TV, they were still in the market for another big Fantasy series. This assumes the LotR 's negotiations happened after they announced The Witcher back in May. Lets be positive and say they did. Gotta have some hope!



Although we can rule out Amazon being the ones to pay Sony to make the WoT show, that doesn't mean we won't see it on Amazon. AMC have just done a deal with them:
Amazon Prime Video will get a raft of AMC series on an exclusive basis across 28 territories after inking an output deal with AMC Studios, the programming arm of the U.S. cable network.
The agreement hands Amazon the AMC shows in an exclusive first window, meaning they will be on the Prime Video service ahead of any other streaming platform, pay-TV service, or free TV.
Australia, Germany, Italy, India, and Japan are among the territories covered. “The Terror,” a series produced by Ridley Scott about an Arctic expedition gone wrong, is the first title covered by the deal.
Hopefully if AMC are the ones to pick up WoT, this deal will allow them to give it a reasonable budget.

General Wheel of Time News

The Daily Beast interviewed Brandon Sanderson. Here's a sample of the WoT related part:
You’ve got this mix of emotions like, yeah, I get to do this cool thing. Oh no, this writer that I loved is gone. There's this sort of walking into the master's workshop and being able to fiddle with all of the master's tools and the project's half complete. And be the one who did that. There's just a certain reverence, plus excitement as a journeyman writer that I got to do that. There was a lot of really, really satisfying stuff having been a fan all these years reading the Wheel of Time and talking with my friends about it and all the things we hoped and wished would happen. Being the one to say, alright, I can decide which of these things prove that they are.
It wasn't really even your standard what we call ‘work for hire.’ It wasn't like writing a Star Wars novel because Harriet, she came to me and said, “I hired you because I wanted a writer, not a ghost writer. You've got creative control. You just have to convince me.”
It’s like someone hands you all the pieces of a vase that they've smashed up in a bag and goes, “Alright, there it is. Oh by the way we lost half of them.” Because, you know, the outline—only a fragment of it was complete.
They also asked what work of fantasy he'd most like to see adapted:
Ooh boy. I think visually one of the most interesting fantasy stories of all time is Garth Nix's Sabriel. So I would love to see an adaptation of that because the visuals in that are so cool. Really solid magic system, some really solid ‘old world meets new’ kind of dynamic. And so I would say that or I would go back to some of the classics that I think that they got maybe passed over—like we've never gotten to Dragonriders of Pern adaptation and it would just be a really cool adaptation to see. Some of these books during the foundational days of fantasy that nobody has tried yet. Of course we're getting Name of the Wind—Name of the Wind would be pretty high on that list. But we're pretty close to getting one of those.
Looks like WoT is way down Sanderson's list:( Not even top 3!

Brandon Sanderson also dropped the following in a recent Q&A:
Nathaniel Sager: What is the best cryptic statement you can come up with that will drive all your fans mad waiting to see what it means?
BS: Ooooh, ooooh. Best cryptic statement, huh? Let me see … That's a hard one because I have to really be careful what I say, because if I give too much away, the fans are really good at picking out things. I'm going to throw them a curveball, and it's going to be a Wheel of Time one. There are things about The Wheel of Time ending … there are secrets that fans have not yet discovered and which nobody has asked me about yet. Major things. Major, kind of world-shaking, Wheel of Time things that are foreshadowed in the last books that no one has yet figured out or asked me about. So, that'll drive them a little crazy.
r/wot user ManyFacedCloak also dug up this quote:
There are at least two other things about the ending that people have never asked me, which I expected them to, which involve deep secrets about the series and its conclusion. One is minor, but interesting. The other I consider major. So perhaps someone will someday tease those out of me.
Some reactions probably weren't what he was hoping for:



It definitely drove some crazy, just not the good kind of crazy. Sanderson also posted this followup on reddit:
FYI, Team Jordan has seemed open to the idea of me talking about these things somewhere around the 10th anniversary of the conclusion. It's not a promise, and it is still a ways off, but it is the best I can do right now.
Ta'veren Tee's has Wheel of Time candles in stock and ready for shipping as well as a new hoodie up for pre order!

Light this candle and let it transport you to the village that started it all: Emond's Field. Is that the scent of Mistress al'Vere's honeycakes wafting from the window of The Winespring Inn? Can you smell the wind blowing through The Waterwood and across the wheat fields? Emond's Field may be a small village, but it's rich in character...and it sure spawned a big story! 

Some guy called Wolf, who has never read The Wheel of Time opines on why Jordan avoids resolutions and can't write detailed battle scenes...
The Wheel of Time series is famous for avoiding resolutions, which is one of the reasons I've avoided it so far.
So in short the reason why Robert Jordan sets up big scale battles but then fails to tell us anything about these battles is because of the complexity of the world he has created. And while is may be frustrating to his readers, he is being true to the characters he has created.
The stuff on bloat is interesting but Narg finds the premise of the whole article flawed. INO Jordan's Battles were as detailed as they needed to be and are among some of the best he has read in fantasy. You don't always need every nitty gritty detail of a battle for it to be epic and how Jordan wrote battles has INO no correlation to the complexity of his world.

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