Amazon has ordered Robert Jordan’s fantasy epic The Wheel of Time to series, with Sony Pictures TV to co-produce, and Rafe Judkins serving as showrunner.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Amazon has ordered the series, and gave the following information about the story:
Set in a sprawling world where magic exists but can only be used by women, the story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization the Aes Sedai, as she embarks on a dangerous journey with five young men and women. Moiraine’s interest in these five lies in the fact that she believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual who prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it.
This suggests that the first season might be centered on Moiraine’s point of view, as a television series is less likely to switch perspectives per-episode in the way the novels do with each chapter. Judkins has been hard at work on the scripts and sharing his progress week by week. Sharon Tal Yguado, head of event series for Amazon Originals said, “We believe that Rafe’s personal connection to the material and soulful writing will resonate with the book’s passionate fans.”
Rafe Judkins will serve as executive producer in addition to showrunner, with Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon of Red Eagle Entertainment, Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures (Beirut, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After) also executive producing. Harriet McDougal is a consulting producer on the project.
Judkins added, “For so many people, including me, this book series has served as a world to escape to, to lose yourself in, to devour and inhabit completely. And I couldn’t be more honored to be the one finally bringing that world to life on screen, for old fans to lose themselves in all over again and new fans to discover for the very first time.”
Check THR for more news and check back on Tor.com for more WOT updates as the series progresses!
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