The Daily Trolloc (40)


Issue 40. (Art by t-biddy)

TV News and Info at the bottom

General Wheel of Time News

Mark Goadrich has been analyzing the text of The Wheel of Time. While most of what he say's goes way over Narg's head, there are some pretty word clouds:

The Eye of The World

The Dragon Reborn

The three parts of his analysis are:


Gal Or has slowed down a tad on the WoT sketches, but they are still coming:


Tor Books on Instagram had this little tease as their profile story:


Could be just a simple book giveaway or that and a reminder to vote in “The Great American Read” on PBS which starts on Tuesday.

PBS series will crown top U.S. novel or series

The public get to vote, to decide the top book. Polls will be open on the program’s website and on social media channels starting Tuesday.

Hopefully the network who has the WoT show, will use this extra awareness of the books and announce the "greenlighting" of the show! If not, Narg encourages everyone to vote for WoT if you want to see a TV show happen, as if the network is 50/50 on whether or not to go ahead with the series, a good showing in this poll may tip the balance.

I really enjoyed the excitement of these chapters; because the action is self-contained, it really moves, and it’s interesting to see the characters’ different skills at work. Nynaeve’s sneaking abilities are quite impressive! And I was interested to see her realization that it was her power that told her that if they didn’t have enough horses the Whitecloaks would catch them, and if they caught up to them, some of them would die. “She was as certain as if she were listening to the wind.” Nynaeve wishes angrily that Moiraine hadn’t told her about her gift, but now that she has been told, she knows the truth. It makes me wonder what would have happened if Moiraine hadn’t said anything; are Nynaeve’s abilities getting stronger now that she knows about them, or would she have had the same instinct anyway, and just not known where it came from?

Narg's Casting Corner

Narg came up with three new "realistic" suggestions:

Murray Fraser as Rand

Charlie Rowe as Mat

Katie Leung as Moiraine

Now before you dismiss the last choice out of hand based on ethnicity, consider that the Cairhienin are described as short and pale and also...

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Got a better casting suggestion than Narg or just want to let him know he shouldn't quit his day job..You can let him know HERE.

The Wheel of Time TV Show

Related News:

The One Ring, a Middle-earth fansite is reporting that Amazon's LotR's spinoff will be about a young Aragorn for its first season. Still no word on whether or not writers have been hired, which means WoT is still far ahead in terms of "development" and assuming "the network" that has WoT doesn't sit on it in favor of pushing ahead a more "high profile" show, we should still see WoT come out first.

Lauren S. Hissrich "The Witcher" showrunner gave us an interesting insight into how a writers room works via twitter:




What we know:

Network: Unknown but there is one! (most likely Amazon, but no official confirmation from them)
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:

(22 April 2018) Harriet McDougal confirmed that the show does have a distributor/network attached. This has been widely speculated but had not been confirmed by anyone attached to the show. No word on who, but Amazon remains the favorite given what's below and she said it wasn't a traditional network.

(9 April 2018) Head of Genre/Event series at Amazon Studio's Confirms Dark Tower via Twitter then deletes tweet. Though not directly related to WoT, this does lend credence to the Deadline article mentioned below. Narg was highly skeptical of WoT actually being in development with Amazon based on just that article, but it would seem highly probable that it is, now that the DT part has been proven correct. Also worth noting is that The DT showrunner mentioned having just completed a new script, and we know Rafe via Instagram inferred he had a deadline for his WoT script coming up a few weeks ago. Could be that they had the same Deadline.


(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.
(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.

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