The Daily Trolloc (32)


Issue 32. (Art by Boros-Szikszai)

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:

Nellie Andreeva, author of that Deadline article that named dropped The Dark Tower and Wheel of Time, wrote another Amazon related article:
Amazon Studios has closed a first-look deal with Mythos, a new company established by long-time producing partners Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of The Sean Daniel Company (Expanse, The Witcher) and Bad Robot veteran Kathy Lingg (Westworld, Person of Interest) .
Launched at the beginning of 2018, Mythos — a film and TV company with a streaming focus — aims to attract high-level creative talent and to concentrate on globally recognized intellectual properties from the world of fiction, video games, comic books, anime and more. The bulk of the company’s development for Amazon Studios will be via the studio’s event series division launched a year ago to generate big scope, big event genre series — hourlong science fiction, action, fantasy and horror series.
She had the opportunity to prove that the inclusion of those two series in her last article wasn't a mistake by repeating it....she didn't, instead she just went with:
Launching global genre drama hits has been a top priority for Amazon, which has ramped up development with such high-profile titles as Lord Of The Rings and Ringworld
 Contrast with
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.
Now she also chose not to include those last two books, but given that she must know the fuss that her last article caused, and the fact that both DT and WoT are much higher profile than Ringworld or the other two, it's not unreasonable to think INO, that she'd have taken the opportunity to repeat her claim that Amazon is developing both DT and WoT. She didn't.

That she didn't, can't be taken as 100% proof that she stuffed up by itself, but if you put it together with the fact that none of the other major Industry publications(Hollywood Reporter,Variety) or major Genre sites (io9, Tor.com), ran with the story, and the silence from Amazon, then for Narg, it's looking more and more likely that she did indeed make a mistake.

Happy to be proven wrong though....at this point, Narg would be happy to have anything proven!

General Wheel of Time News

The Wheel of Tears Podcast, the new kid on the block as posted its first (not the first) episode:


Narg kinda tuned out at "separating the sexes is dumb, the series" and apparently The Wheel of Time has never had a huge online fan presence....If Podcast's are ya thing though, have a listen and decide for yourself whether it's good or not.

Part 5 or Tor's new WoT read along was posted: Mistrust Fractures the Fellowship 
Welcome once again to week five of Reading The Wheel of Time. I’ve always really loved the Mines of Moria section of The Fellowship of the Ring, and I think that Chapters 19 and 20 of The Eye of the World just might be my favorite to date. Something about the world-building for Shadar Logoth really clicked for me, and it feels like the story is starting to properly pick up now. Although I enjoyed the prologue and the rat dream (“enjoyed” is maybe the wrong word to use about rat torture, but you know what I mean) there are still too many pieces of information missing for me to really understand the full weight of these events. With Shadar Logoth, however, I feel like the atmosphere, the creepiness of Mordeth, and the danger of the Mashadar are built up perfectly. Like the wights of the Barrowdowns in The Fellowship of the Ring foreshadowing the Ringwraiths, I imagine that the darkness we encounter in Shadar Logoth will probably set up more world-building to come. And in the meantime, well, I definitely got chills.
If you haven't been following along, you can find all the posts HERE.

Tor.com also had some guy who likes languages examine the Old Tongue.
Another example, within a single word, is from Towers of Midnight, where Faile mentions one of her ancestors: “Nikiol Dianatkhah was a drunkard, despite being known as one of our greatest kings.” This is decidedly weird. I couldn’t find any other character or name in all of the books with a <kh> phoneme in their name, and that’s not for lack of trying. They appear in other fantasy languages—who could forget the keen edge of a Dothraki arakh, for instance—but we never see it in the Old Tongue. But here it is in a name. This suggests that the name was either a result of subtle language change in Saldaea, or it was misspelled by the publisher (sorry Tor), or Sanderson couldn’t read Jordan’s handwriting, or Sanderson made it up (which would also be OK, I think, as he did a fantastic job with the series), or it was a one-off and no one could spell Niki’s name throughout his life—or it was simply an example of poor language planning on the part of the author. I’m much more inclined to think it is that last one.
He forgot to include "or Sanderson named characters after real people from our world". Nikiol dropped by the comments section...

Ever wondered what a gateway might look like on TV? Well Noam from twitter shared this with Narg:

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Going for group drawings this week!






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