The Daily Trolloc (48)


Issue 48. Art by D K Sweet

The Wheel of Time TV Show

New News!

Rafe Judkins the Wheel of Time Showrunner just went on a little social media bender!

Narg has sifted through all the posts and here are the relevant bits:

It all started with this post on Instagram


This made humans planet wide start to squeal and scream like teenagers at a Trolloc BBQ..Justin Bieber concert. Animated gifs were flying left right and center and people were like OMG OMG is it really happening???? Is news coming??? What does it mean????

Rafe soon answered that question:



He was then asked by his previous writing partner Lauren LeFranc, if that meant the show had been picked up(Greenlit):


"I wish"...probably not what we wanted to hear but he did drop the nugget that Amanda Kate Shuman had worked on the Bible with him, at least the first page anyway...though given that she was also on the writers retreat in Guatemala where he used the hashtag #wotmeetslotr, it's probably safe to assume she's more involved. Amanda Kate Shuman has writing credits for Chuck, The Following, The Blacklist and Berlin Station.

So is an announcement coming? Well Narg tweeted this a few days ago:


Someone asked Rafe the question and although he didn't answer, he did like the question:


There is always the possibility that Rafe lost control of his liking and didn't mean to imply anything by the "like", but is it just a coincidence that he teases us with the Show Bible and answers a few questions after nearly a year of little hints and silence, just days before a big genre convention? The message is a bit mixed, but thankfully we don't have to wait to long to find out.

If you're wondering what a Show Bible looks like, here are two examples:


Will we get more updates from Rafe?


If he's not joking, it might be wise to follow his Twitter and Instagram account, or just subscribe to Narg and have updates delivered to your inbox(top left).

Did you know Rafe knows Spanish?(assuming he didn't cheat)



If you're worried about how faithful Rafe is going to be to the source material, the following might ease your fears:


Rafe liked this



Finally but not least, what about Winter Dragon?...well Rafe liked a twitter comment from Narg a few days ago(Narg will let you interpret what the like means)

Narg posted this as a bit of fun the other day

Then had this exchange with Daniel:

The Like is by Rafe!


In conclusion, Rafe has suddenly got all chatty on us after over a year of virtual silence, and one would assume he was given permission to do so. Is Sony playing Daes Dae'mar with Amazon in having Rafe hype the fanbase up? A tease leading up to announcement from Amazon? Or just Rafe being really exited about his Show Bible and wanting to share?

The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills...

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

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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That's all...Have a great week!

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