The Daily Trolloc (46)


Issue 46. (Art by kinglamoni22)

TV News and Info at the bottom

General Wheel of Time News

If you've never seen the Wheel of Time inspired blades made by Fable Blades, check out this video:


If watching that got you in the mood for some official Wheel of Time merchandise, then head on over to Ta'veren Tees who currently have a 10% off sale running til July 8th.


The following picture that's been around for years on Facebook, always bugged Narg, so Narg Narg'ed it!
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After

Looks better now 😃

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As you can see not much new stuff this week in Wheel of Time fandom, so lets have a look at all of Narg's casting choices for the main characters so far! 

Narg:

Perfect INO...cept for the ears...need more fur

Moiraine:

Narg's first choice for Moraine was Karen Hassan.


Narg still thinks she'd be a great choice but Narg also thinks Katie Leung would be a great choice if the producers feel they need to add diversity to the "main" cast. 

Best known for being in Harry Potter

That's not just adding diversity for the sake of diversity. Jordan drew inspiration from multiple sources for all his cultures and jumbled them all up to create the different nations. Cairhienin officers are described as having the front of there heads shaved with long hair at the back and have small banners attached to there backs on wooden sticks. Sounds very Chinese and Japanese to Narg. The people in general are described as being short, pale and dark haired. 



Making the Cairhienin ethnically Chinese, INO does not in anyway contradict what is written in the books. All it does is interpret them differently to how "most" readers do. The New Spring eBook cover is a good example of a different interpretation.

Lan al'Mandragoran:

Lan is another character that INO can be "interpreted" differently. So Narg went with Ian Anthony Dale. Yeah yeah, his eyes arn't blue...get over it 😲

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Casting actors of Asian decent in the roles of Lan and Moiraine is INO the easiest way to add diversity to the early main cast without it appearing as though they're being shoehorned in there. That is unless you subscribe to the "The Two Rivers cast isn't white" interpretation.

Matrim Cauthon:

Charlie Rowe

Tam al'Thor:

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Santiago Cabrera

Sure he's a bit young, but it's easy to make an actor look older, and INO it's better to cast Tam younger and age him, than cast older and have him using a walking frame in The Last Battle if the show lasts 8 years...

If anyone notices a trend in the last three choices...shhhh!!!

Rand al'Thor:

Murray Fraser

Tam and Rand

Thom Merrilin:


Hugh Laurie! Narg's reasons can be read HERE...but it's Hugh Laurie...how can you not cast him...


The Wheel of Time TV Show

What we know:

Status: "in development"
Production Studio - Sony Pictures Television
Production Company - Radar Pictures
Show Runner - Rafe Judkins
Executive Producers - Ted FieldMike WeberDarren LemkeRed Eagle
Consulting Producer - Harriet McDougal

Related News:

Amazon Studio's ordered three new Young Adult pilots this week:
Amazon Studios is entering the YA series space by ordering three pilots — Panic, from writer Lauren Oliver based on her best-selling book and producers Joe Roth & Jeff Kirschenbaum; The Wilds from Sarah Streicher (Daredevil), producer Jamie Tarses and ABC Signature; and College, from 6 Balloons filmmaker Marja-Lewis Ryan and producers Channing Tatum and Jill Soloway.
Hopefully their in decision making mode and it extends to WoT...

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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