Hollywood's been trying to get a Wheel Of Time adaptation off the ground for going on two decades, and now it sounds like it's finally going to happen: according to Variety, Sony has stepped up to the plate and will produce a TV series based on the Robert Jordan series.
Here's the news:
The series will be based on the high fantasy novels written by Robert Jordan, the pen name of James O. Rigney Jr. There are 14 novels in total, beginning with The Eye of the World in 1990 and concluding with A Memory of Light, which was finished by Brandon Sanderson after Jordan’s death in 2007. They follow the quest to find the Dragon Reborn, who it is said will help unite forces to combat The Dark One.
And here's a fun little factoid from the very bottom of Variety's post:
An adaptation of The Wheel of Time novels has been in development in one form or another going back as far as 2000, but the projects mostly never made it past that stage. However, a pilot episode called “Winter Dragon” aired on FXX back in February 2015 starring Max Ryan and Billy Zane. It aired at 1:30 a.m. with no prior publicity.
One presumes that Sony's take will arrive with a bit more fanfare than FXX's Billy Zane version. Then again, Sony's adaptation of The Dark Tower series arrives in just 107 days and we have yet to see a trailer for it, so...y'know, take that one with a grain of salt.
No network is currently attached to Sony's Wheel Of Time series, but we'll probably be hearing something on that front sooner rather than later. Stay tuned for updates as this behemoth works its way through production.