The Daily Trolloc (28)


Issue 28. (Art by Charles Keegan)

The Wheel of Time TV Show

What we know:

Network: Unknown
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:

(21 Feb 2018) In an article by Deadline concerning Amazon picking up Iain M. Banks’ classic sci-fi Culture book series, the following was said:
As part of the effort, Amazon made a mega deal for a Lord Of the Rings TV series and is developing a slew of high-profile titles, including The Dark TowerWheel of Time, Ringworld, Lazarus and Snow Crash.
Error, wishful thinking or letting the cat out of the bag? Which ever it is, Narg isn't believing it until Amazon themselves announce it or Deadline actually reports the news in a dedicated article.

Quite a few news websites have reported the story, most of them focusing on The Dark Tower mention using the above quote as their source. Screenrant.com being the biggest of the bunch, but major Industry sites like Variety, The Hollywood Reporter haven't. Tor.com is also choosing not to bite yet.

Rafe Judkins, the WoT Showrunner has not commented, but he did tweet a mini review of Snowpiecer, which was helpful.....

Attempts by Narg and others to get clarification from Deadline have yielded zero results and all Amazon had to say was:
Amazon.com does not comment about rumors or speculative news reports.
In conclusion, it's up to you whether you think the news of two major bestselling book franchises being picked up by Amazon, only merits a three line offhand mention. Clearly some people do, while others don't. It could turn out to be true, but INO there is no way that Amazon or Deadline would have wanted the news to come out like that.

(9 Feb 2018) Ted Field is in the news again and promoting The Wheel of Time.

In an article on Deadline he had the following to say:
"If Beirut is arriving at a difficult time, Field believes his TV show with Sony, Wheel of Time, may find its moment. The show is set in the distant future when women now rule a universe that has been all but destroyed by the male power structure – “the ultimate gender dynamics series,” Field says. The show is based on a series of 14 volumes written by Robert Jordan (pen name for James O. Rigney Jr). “Timing is part of the roller coaster ride,” Field observes.
(2 Feb 2018) Rafe Judkins the Wheel of Time Showrunner teased us with the Hashtag #WoTmeets LotR from Guatemala where he was on a writers retreat, seemingly indicating he was working on WoT.

Three weeks ago it was announced that Rafe had been picked to rewrite the Uncharted Movie. Looks like that gig isn't getting in the way of him working on WoT.

(18 Jan 2018) Ted Fields Lawyer spoke to the Hollywood Reporter and teased us with this:
One of those announcements will be a television series for Wheel of Time
Other than that not a peep since JordanCon back in April 2017, 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.
And a week or so later:
We understand that Rafe and Ted are currently in discussions with a number of content distributors/networks, and that negotiations will be concluded soon. Sorry, we don't know who they are.
Source for both comments from Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Googleplus page.

General Wheel of Time News

Tor.com's new read along blog has started. The First installment,  "A Boy Leaves Home" is up with the second installment coming Tuesday.
Thinking back on my teacher’s observations, it occurs to me that the “boy leaves home” narrative usually also has a smattering of “a stranger comes to town” when it comes to questing stories. The quest itself is presented, at least in part, when an outside force thrusts itself into the hero’s little world and drives him to action: Gandalf chooses Bilbo to be the Dwarves’ fourteenth companion; Frodo flees from the evil the one Ring draws to the Shire. And so it is with Rand and Mat and Perrin; they receive both a guiding figure in Moraine and a driving force in the evil of the Trollocs and the dark-cloaked man, who Lan explains is a Fade, another part-human servant of the Dark.
Using events of the early chapters of The Lord of the Rings to illustrate my points is, of course, an easy route to take, since Robert Jordan intentionally wrote the first section to evoke the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring.
Narg found some more Trolloc renders:

First up, a very human looking Trolloc interpretation by Rob Allen:




A more slightly more bestial interpretation also by Rob Allen:




A Pigsy Trolloc by Nikita Mashovets:



Then we have the previously featured Trolloc  by Gene Kohler:




Some nice pieces of work there and just a taste of what we might get if the TV show becomes a hit!
Enough about Narg's family though..onto some trivia!

Did you know that Béla is a common Hungarian male given name?
Its most likely etymology is from old Hungarian bél ('heart; insides' in Old Hungarian and 'intestines' in modern Hungarian; in both the symbolism is 'guts' i.e. bravery and character” 
Other than the male part, the name fits our wonder horse perfectly. Coincidence?

A more fitting name than Narg anyway, which according to Urban Dictionary either means:
A term of frustration/aggravation. A fabulous substitution for a swear.
"Narg! I forgot my books at school!"
or
Short for "Not A Real Gentleman", originated at Cambridge I believe. Used to refer to a nerdy science type who has no interest in gentlemanly pursuits like rugger, drinking and shagging.

Featured Character Art 

Lan and Nynaeve or as Narg likes to say Lanynaeve!!!!


It's been pointed out to Narg that the above picture is of Moiraine and Lan not Nynaeve. A  good Trolloc should always have three excuses to explain away any mistakes they make, so:
  1. Narg was just seeing if you were paying attention....
  2. Moiraine is just an older wiser Nynaeve...
  3. Narg's a Trolloc...mistakes should be expected.




Yep, Narg's a romantic at heart. That's all for Narg this week. Lets hope by the end of next week we know for sure whether or not Amazon will be the home of The Wheel of Time TV series!

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