Wheel of Time TV series greenlit by Amazon
If you're a big fantasy genre fan and haven't got Amazon Prime, you'll need to get a subscription in the near future. Not only is Amazon producing a big budget TV series based around the Lord of the Rings mythology, they have also greenlit a TV adaptation of beloved fantasy book series The Wheel of Time by the late Robert Jordan.
Jennifer Salke, the head of Amazon Studios, announced the series at a show-and-tell in London alongside the confirmation of Neil Gaiman's exclusive deal to work with the studio. The Wheel of Time will stream on Amazon Prime.
The series ran for 14 novels in total, the last three co-written by Brian Sanderson, using notes left by Jordan after his death. The Wheel of Time is one of the most popular fantasy series of all time, selling over 90 million copies worldwide. The series has been adapted for television by Rage Judkins, who will serve as showrunner. Amazon and Sony Pictures Television are co-producer the series.
Here's what Salke had to say about the series...
The Wheel of Time is endlessly fascinating and resonates hugely with fans as one of the bestselling global book franchises and we were drawn to its timely narrative featuring powerful women at the core,”
“We’re thrilled to extend our relationship with devotees who’ve found the book series transformative and welcome new ones by bringing it to life on Prime Video for viewers worldwide.”
Showrunner Jedkins 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.”
The series is being executive produced by Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon of Red Eagle Entertainment, the production company that has been trying to get a screen adaptation of the series up and running for years. Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures and Darren Lemke will also executive producer, along with Harriet McDougal, Robert Jordan's widow.