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Issue 31. (Art by Gene Kohler)

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:

Rafe gave us another tease on twitter about what he might be working on.


Note The Great Hunt sitting on top of a screenplay

Zooming in does not reveal which screenplay it is. We know he's working on at least two projects, Wheel of Time and a rewrite of The Uncharted Movie. Deadlines are good and that looks like a well worn copy of tGH. If he was still only working on the Pilot episode of the show, he wouldn't be reading tGH as much as he appears to have(Narg assumes), and if he's been working on a full season, it may indicate that he's combining elements of the first two books for season one.

Hopefully once a Network has actually been officially announced for the show, they'll give Rafe more freedom to talk about what he's doing. A great example to follow would be what Lauren S. Hissrich, The Witcher Showrunner is doing over on Twitter. Here are some samples about how open she is being and it shows she knows how to get the focus right when taking a picture of a Screenplay...


Nothing fuzzy about that!


Gives a look at the process Rafe may be going through


Hopefully Rafe will be able to say the same!




Rafe made one other tweet about Gingers being drawn to beef displays in Costco...not much relevance there. Good to know though! Gingers always come after Narg with spears:(

Reuters gave us an insight into Amazon show budgets and how they access them:
The internal documents show what Amazon considers to be the financial logic of its strategy, and why the company is now making more commercial projects in addition to high-brow shows aimed at winning awards, the people said.
For example, the first season of the popular drama “The Man in the High Castle,” an alternate history depicting Germany as the victor of World War Two, had 8 million U.S. viewers as of early 2017, according to the documents. The program cost $72 million in production and marketing and attracted 1.15 million new subscribers worldwide based on Amazon’s accounting, the documents showed.
Amazon calculated that the show drew new Prime members at an average cost of $63 per subscriber.
Other budgets(including marketing):

The Man in the High Castle S2 ($107 M)
Sneaky Pete ($93 M)
Goliath S1 ($82 M)
Good Girls Revolt ($81 M)
The Grand Tour ($78 M)
Bosch S1 ($47 M)

They also had this to say about the Middle Earth adaptation:
In November, Amazon announced it will make a prequel to the fantasy hit “The Lord of the Rings.” The company had offered $250 million for the rights alone; production and marketing could raise costs to $500 million or more for two seasons, one of the people said.
Crazy numbers....If those numbers for LotR's are correct or even in the ballpark, you'd have to wonder how much impact that would have on The Wheel of Time, if in fact they do have both franchises. Amazon have a massive budget, but those figures still make a big dent.

General Wheel of Time News

Here's some more pic's of Perrin's Axe from Lindy Design's Lab:




In part 4 of Tor's new Eye of the World read through, Kelsey looks at Dreams and Prophecy:
The use of prophecy and fated destinies is pretty intrinsic in epic fantasy. The tradition of prophecy as a plot device in western storytelling goes back at least to the Greek epics, if not farther, and although different authors have different approaches, the theme of characters having a glimpse of the future and choosing if and how to be motivated by it runs through many of today’s great fantasy tales. But the idea of time and existence as a turning wheel adds a specific flavor to Jordan’s universe, and it’s one I’m very interested to see play out.

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