‘Wheel of Time’s’ journey to TV was as long as reading some of the books it’s based on. Today, we find out Sony will be responsible for bringing the 14-book novel series to the small screen. It’s surprising it took this long after seeing the hit ‘Game of Thrones’ became. But legal issues kept development stalled before today’s news.
According to the Variety report revealing the news, Rafe Judkins will write and executive produce the sprawling fantasy epic. Judkins’ credits include Chuck, Agents of Shield and Hemlock Grove.
14 books sound crazy, but ‘The Wheel of Time’ can benefit from a TV adaptation. Big time.
I think I’ve read 5 of the books. I try to get back into them from time to time, but there’s only so many chapters describing a scene I can read. Damn, do something. Anything. Instead, we get long-winded explanations of the scene around each character and braid-tugging. Lots of braid-tugging. A TV adaptation is just what this book series needs.
The books can be a chore to get through, but there’s some great action I can’t wait to see put on screen.
Today’s announcement is just the start for Sony. Bringing fantasy epics to TV isn’t cheap. Not if you want to do them right. But they have a couple of book-to-TV shows that are doing it right to follow. ‘The Expanse’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ are killing it right now. Seriously, if you’re into sci-fi at all watch ‘The Expanse.’ It just wrapped up its stellar second season last night and has already been renewed for a third.
The good thing about ‘The Wheel of Time’ is a lot of the book material can be cut. Especially the middle of the series. More so than your average TV adaptation.
No word on exactly when we’ll see ‘The Wheel of Time’ on TV.
If we’re going to start bringing books Brandon Sanderson (he finished ‘The Wheel of Time’ series after the original author died) wrote to TV, can we get a ‘Mistborn’ TV series already?