Robert Jordan's The Wheel Of Time will finally be adapted for television
Evere since The Lord Of The Rings made fantasy viable for mainstream audiences, there has been a huge desire to develop fantasy sagas for TV as much as film. Legend Of The Seeker was a two-season attempt to bring Terry Goodkind's The Sword Of Truth to the small screen while MTV have recently announced a second season of The Shannara Chronicles, an adaptation of Terry Brooks' long-running Shannara novels. But arguably only Game Of Thrones has come close to matching The Lord Of The Rings in the critical success stakes.
But there might be another. After years of legal red tape and a low budget pilot made by Red Eagle Entertainment last year in an effort to hold on the rights, Robert Jordan's successful The Wheel Of Time will finally being made into a TV series.
Harriet McDougal, editor of the Wheel of Time novels and widow of Robert Jordan (who died in 2007) made the announcement on Thursday to the delight of fans everywhere.
"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." - Tor Books
Robert Jordan wrote eleven novels in the saga, plus a prequel, before his death. The final three novels were then completed by fellow author Brian Sanderson between 2009 and 2012, using Jordan's extensive notes. The story that saw the rise of the Dragon Reborn is viewed as one of the most successful fantasy sagas of all time and despite latter novels dragging the storyline unnecessary, Sanderson's final novels closed the series off on a high.
There are no further details about what major studio will be adapting the novels, but hopefully this show could be the next Game Of Thrones...