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Issue 34. (Art by SLKestrel)

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:

The Hollywood Reporter did another article on Amazon's LotR's deal:
On Nov. 13, Amazon Studios beat out Netflix for a $250 million rights deal with the Tolkien estate, publisher HarperCollins and New Line Cinema that includes a five-season commitment to bring The Lord of the Rings to the small screen. With the clock ticking, Amazon must be in production within two years, according to the terms of the pact. When production expenses like casting, producers and visual effects are factored in, the series is expected to cost north of $1 billion.
A five season commitment....and north of $1 Billion...Amazon better hope they get some good writers...Spending big on production values doesn't guarantee success(Marco Polo). No doubt the Tolkien name will draw in big initial numbers, but will that last?

Just imagine what they could have done with The Wheel of Time, with that amount of money!

General Wheel of Time News


Narg usually wouldn't care about someone just saying they don't like The Wheel of Time, but this douche(Garrett Robinson) crossed a line.
I have a long vendetta against Robert Jordan that is partially tied to his writing, but partially not. I was reading Wheel of Time and, at some point, I realized what he was doing. He was opening up storyline after storyline and closing no loops. And I suddenly said to myself, “Holy shit. He plans to write this series until he dies, and then it will be ‘the great unfinished work of Robert Jordan!!!’ and that’s how he wants to leave this life.”
And that is exactly what the fucker did. And not in a Stan Lee sort of way, where he knew the world would go on beyond the end of his life. He wanted to be the only one in control of the series, and to never finish it.
I think that’s a dick move and I have always been annoyed with him for this. And I guess it’s cool because it gave us Brandon Sanderson, but we could have had Sanderson regardless and then I wouldn’t have endless Jordan fanboys jizzing his praises every time I criticize him (which is whenever he’s brought up).
 This guy is an author:
Read the books that continue to hit the top of Amazon’s bestseller lists, with tens of thousands of raving fans around the world.
All Narg will say, is that if you ever come across this douche bags books on Amazon, pass them by!

Ta'veren Tees has a new product:


Narg couldn't wait for the official Wheel of Time TV  Pop Vinyls to come out, so he commissioned Dreams of Pop to make him one. Here's the WIP photo's so far:



Narg is pretty happy with it so far.

Part 7 of Tor's new read along was posted, Memories of What Was Lost:
Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to manage a story once the party divides? I remember the first time I read The Lord of the Rings as a young person (I think I was nine?) and being incredibly frustrated at each change of perspective once I got to The Two Towers. You’d spend so much time with a set of characters, sinking into their journey, and then you’d be dropped at a cliffhanger and move to a different group for the rest of the book. I hated having to wait so long to have the suspense resolved. Thinking about that now, though, a big chunk of time spent with each group might be preferable to the way The Eye of the World has been jumping perspectives each chapter. I don’t know why but it makes the pacing of the story feel a little jarring to me.
Wait what? Wasn't this guy or gal introduced as a Epic fantasy enthusiast? You'd think they'd be used to multi PoV stories that rotate PoV every chapter?!?

Adam Masterman sketched this scene from the books. Narg remembers the scene a little differently but it's close enough.



Narg thinks this sleeve tattoo is awesome!

Quote of the Week 

Art by Andie Tong from the EotW graphic novel

Featured Artist Character

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