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Issue 29. (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

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 and IGN 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.

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.

Related News:

Given there is no official or secondary source to back up Deadline's casual claim that WoT is in development at Amazon, Narg is going to ignore it for now and continue to explore other networks who may have an interest in acquiring WoT. It would be nice of Amazon to come out and confirm their involvement though....Hrmm maybe Jeff Bezos will make a surprise visit to JordanCon and make the big announcement...that would be neat! But until then.....

Apple continues to fill out it's slate of future shows, Variety reports:
M. Night Shyamalan is heading to Apple. The streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to a psychological thriller series from writer Tony Basgallop that Shyamalan will executive produce. Plot details for the series are being kept under wraps. The half-hour series has received a 10-episode order, with Shyamalan also set to direct the first episode.
Narg has lost count of how many show's they've ordered now, but the main thing is they have yet to pick up a Fantasy show. They have a couple of SciFi shows but no Fantasy. It would be surprising to Narg if they didn't go for one.

Narg mentioned last week that Rafe tweeted a short review/commentary of the movie Snowpiecer. Since it was announced last April that Rafe was the Showruner for WoT, he's tweeted exactly 4 times. 3 were in relation to WoT and the last is this random Snowpiecer tweet.

Was it random though? The day before TNT had announced the following:
Turner's TNT has given a series greenlight to Snowpiercer, a futuristic thriller based on the acclaimed movie of the same name. The series stars Oscar® winner Jennifer Connelly 
So yeah, while it may have been random of him to tweet this given he hardly ever tweets, it probably wasn't coincidence that he decided to watch the movie. But why tweet about it in the middle of the Amazon "news" spreading? Was he trying to say something without saying it?

Narg is probably crazy and just trying to hard, but Narg decided to take a look at TNT and see if they'd be interested in The Wheel of Time show.


TNT describes themselves as follows:
TNT is basic cable's #1 network in primetime with young adults and is home to one of cable's most popular slates of original series, including Animal Kingdom, Claws, Good Behavior, The Last Ship, Major Crimes, The Librarians, the upcoming The Alienist, One Day She’ll Darken and more.
Traditionally, one probably wouldn't consider that TNT would even consider something as ambitious or as expensive as The Wheel of Time, but back in 2014 a new Chief Creative Officer took over and in 2015 announced a change in direction for the Channel, which included bigger budgets, more original content and edgier programming.

Do they have the money??? From Variety:
TNT is going deeper into the arms race of big-budget drama with an even bigger weapon in “Alienist.” The adaptation of author Caleb Carr’s 1994 best-seller, rooted in a serial killer mystery set in 1890s New York, arrives with a price tag estimated at $9 million an episode — about $7.5 million after production tax credits are applied. It was the first big drama project TNT bought after Reilly’s arrival, and he did it in part to make a statement about the cabler playing in a different league. Upcoming TNT drama series “Snowpiercer” (which has just been ordered to series) and “One Day She’ll Darken” are expected to inhabit the same high-budget territory.
So assuming they haven't completely blown the budget on those shows, then yes they are willing to spend big and a budget of $9M per episode for WoT, should be able to produce a great looking show.

Would it be any good though? Well that will largely be down to Sony and Rafe no matter who eventually picks up the show. Sure, the network who's paying to have it made will have input, but how it looks and whether or not the script makes for compelling viewing is largely down to the team Sony puts together and the budget.

Narg thinks they should be added to the mix of possible contenders regardless of whether a tweet is just a tweet or something more. Perhaps not the most likely, but in the mix. What say you?

While pondering recent developments, Narg had a casting idea! Jennifer Carpenter as Nynaeve. A bit on the old side at 38, but playing someone 10-12 yrs younger isn't a stretch in TV land, although they could change Nynaeve to be slightly older without to much hassle. Narg thinks she does intense characters well and would be able to pull off Nynaeve's oblivious comedic side. She is best known for TV roles in Dexter and Limitless. She has a good profile and following but shouldn't be too expensive.

General Wheel of Time News

So there are clearly some old-school gender dynamics going on in the world of The Wheel of Time. High fantasy stories generally tend to; it’s an assumed-inevitability of the ancient European type settings many such tales enjoy. But The Wheel of Time has something a little different than those other Tolkien-esque tales do; a set-up in which the very driving force of creation is made up of two parts, male and a female, which by working in opposition to each other turn the the eponymous Wheel of Time.
Leigh Butler showed she wasn't holding a grudge against Tor for canceling her WoT re-reread by sharing her "Top Five Moments of The Wheel of Time"
Yes, indeed, in honor of the fresh new take we are getting on our favorite flagship series here in High Craggy Hill Land, the powers that be have asked me to revisit my, er, well-preserved and thoroughly seasoned take on the Wheel of Time and serve up some Best Of/Worst Of realness, for the pleasure of your eyeballs and the outrage to your moral sensibilities! Which I am of course always happy to provide.
Narg came across these "different" looking Indonesian book covers:





Another new Wheel of Time Podcast is starting sometime this month:
Coming soon to a podcast delivery outlet near you! Check out Wheel of Tears, the show where we read the entire Wheel of Time series and cry about it.

Narg is pretty sure that a strong Ta'veren is about or these two guys over on reddit have the Dark Ones own luck!

Hman27:
Currently on book 5 of my first full read-through (though I've read EotW three times and TGH twice in the past) and I decided that I wanted hardcover copies of the series to display. Picked up a copy of Eye of the World on Ebay for $14.33 shipped and was blown away when I received a first edition (14th printing) signed copy in nearly perfect condition.

YShai24:
Just curious, I recently started collecting the limited editions of the WoT and so decided to randomly check Amazon. I saw they had a ToM limited edition for sale from Amazon new for the original price they sold at. I bought it and it was the last one in stock. Didn't think I would actually get it because I thought they were pretty rare but sure enough it showed up new with a #42 sticker on the outside. Was this a lucky fluke? Or do they still come up from time to time like that? 
Lucky buggers!

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