I make a lot of jokes about the 14 book saga “The Wheel of Time”, mostly about how grueling it can be making past the middle five novels. Yes, novels, because Robert Jordan’s average word count puts Tolstoy and GRRM to shame.
Remember that secret squirrel pilot that FXX aired last year loosely based on the first chapter of the first book? If not, you can read about it here, and watch it here:
The general gist is one company held the rights for a tv adaptation, needed to produce SOMETHING before the rights reverted back to the previous holder, and so rushed an ok 28 minute treatment starring Billy Zane to be shown at 3am one night. We were kind of sort of promised more, either as a film or tv, but pressing legal issues seemed to push the idea back into the Waste.
“The Wheel of Time” saga was first written and published by Robert Jordan in 1990, beginning with the first book in the series ‘The Eye of the World’, treating readers to visions of the ever turning wheel. Unfortunately, Jordan was diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis in 2006, and passed on the following year, before finishing his series. He and his editor-wife Harriet McDougal had met with budding author/gleeman Brandon Sanderson and disclosed the ending of the saga, and passed on the story. Sanderson finished the series in 2013.
The big news here is that yesterday, McDougal posted on her Google+ (yeah, I know) an official announcement about the forthcoming series that we should be seeing coming from a studio soon:
Wanted to share with you exciting news about The Wheel of Time. Legal issues have been resolved. The Wheel of Time will become a cutting edge TV series! I couldn’t be more pleased. Look for the official announcement coming soon from a major studio.
Needless to say, the series would indeed be a hefty undertaking for any studio, but with the popularity and surprise success of MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles (which got picked up for a second season), STARZ hit Outlander, and HBO’s continuing monster Game Of Thrones, seems like EVERYONE wants a fantasy epic.
Hopefully, we’ll get more news soon. We’ll keep you updated as things progress.