The Daily Trolloc (45)


Issue 45. (Art by Peter Tikos)

TV News and Info at the bottom

General Wheel of Time News

Badali Jewelry have released some new WoT Merchandise

The Wheel of Time Dangle Earrings, Stud Earrings and Cufflinks.

Rich Rennicks wrote an article for The New Antiquarian on collecting Robert Jordan books

Photo not in the article...but it should have been ;)
After his death, one of my semi-official duties at the bookstore I then worked at became informing WoT fans inquiring about publication of the next volume (which was almost a daily occurrence) of his passing. It was a challenge and privilege to play that role for so many fans, helping them move through the stages of grief and anger, and really impressed the size and passion of the WoT fan-base on me. The constant question was always, "will the series ever be finished?" (If current booksellers think they get a lot of questions about when the next "Game of Thrones" novel will be finished, let me assure you it's nothing like the volume of people hungry for news of the next WoT book during its heyday!)
Paul Cider wrote an interesting post titled "A Feminist Interpretation of the Wheel of Time". Twas not what Narg was expecting from the title:
Rand is thus easily seen as a male representation of chaos. Importantly, it's not just that the protagonist happened to be a man. An obvious feminist interpretation of the Wheel of Time is that toxic masculinity is literally a kind of madness, and it's a madness that threatens to destroy the world.
There are different ideas about what toxic masculinity means, but a common one is that masculinity becomes toxic when vulnerability becomes anathema. When vulnerability must be avoided at all costs, then men cannot share emotions like fear or grief, and these emotions are suppressed and left unexamined. Even love and affection are avoided because love opens one to the threat of loss. Basic human connection is strained and mental (and spiritual) health suffers. Anger, however, is conceived as an emotion coming from strength.
Jono, Joe and Tom the tWoTcast guys sold their souls and started a Patreon page:


hey! well, we finally sold out. if you guys like the podcast help us out with as little as $1 a month! so we can bring you more episodes! more often! with higher quality (drunkeness)! plus exclusive content to our patrons!!!
They were podcasting WoT before it became hip, plus if you're really generous, you get cool art from Official Wheel of Time artist Joe O'Hara!

Narg decided to test his human followers to see how smart they are:



The result's were bad and Narg clearly needs to do some Nargsplaining!

Narg is horrified by the amount of baby killers following him! Putting that aside though...Blood and bloody ashes! You think a baby Trolloc is just hanging around in the woods all on its lonesome? Baby Trolloc = Mama Trolloc nearby! What do you think Mama Trolloc is going to do to you once she finds her dead baby? Remember that Nightmare the Aes Sedai got sucked into? Well think 1000 times worse than that!

Now while it warms the cockles of Narg's heart that 45% of you wanted to take it home and raise it...that is also a very bad choice. While it is true that you can teach a Trolloc table manners, all that means is that if you fail to keep it sated, it will eat you with a knife and fork instead of ripping you limb from limb. Still your heart was in the right place....well it used to be anyway...

Narg would like to congratulate the 15% of you who kept walking...your species may yet survive and Narg encourages you to procreate!

Featured Art

Alternate Fan Covers!


Next four are by Lora Huckabee. For the life of Narg he couldn't find where he found them...help a Trolloc out!






Once again can't find it...

The Wheel of Time TV Show

What we know:

Network: Amazon
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:

(11 June 2018) Amazon Studios Head, Jennifer Salke confirmed that the Wheel of Time is in development at Amazon during an interview with Deadline.
DEADLINE: What is the status of other high-profile genre projects that have been in early development at Amazon or stuck in deal-making limbo for a long time, The Wheel of Time (based on the fantasy books), and The Dark Tower, (based on the book and the movie)?
SALKE: Those are scripts that I haven’t gotten yet. I’ll be seeing those, that material, in the coming weeks. None of those things are dead. They’re very much alive.
While this is great news, Narg must stress that until Amazon come out and say that they have ordered the show to series and it goes into production, there is still a possibility that it won't happen.

Having said that though, Sharon Tal Yguado the Head of Genre at Amazon and the person who would be directly overseeing the work being done, seemed happy that the news was out.


(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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