Having sold millions of copies of his 14-book-series across the globe, late author Robert Jordan’s work on the franchise The Wheel of Time is to come to television thanks to a deal made with Amazon Studios.

Jennifer Salke with Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne at the Amazon Prime Video Europe Party in London

Jennifer Salke with Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne at the Amazon Prime Video Europe Party in London

Speaking to media earlier this week at the Amazon Prime Presents event, Head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke revealed: “We want to create big global content for the company; you saw the Lord of the Rings ring up there (in an Amazon Prime Presents sizzle reel) and that project is very much underway and moving in a very exciting direction.

"But we spent a lot of time thinking about our next big piece to announce, and we’re announcing today (October 2) The Wheel of Time multi-book fantasy series from Robert Jordan, which has sold 90 million copies worldwide, and we’re bringing it to life in an epic, sprawling world where magic exists, but only women can use it, so it’s really timely. We’re co-producing with Sony Pictures Television and Rafe Judkins is the writer, who is a really talented writer.”

She added: “We’re very excited about the show, it should be a big, global event series for us and this writer has such an incredible vision for it, so we’re moving quickly on that one.”

The Wheel of Time follows the story of Moiraine: a member of an all-female organisation called the Aes Sedai, which is described by Amazon as both “shadowy” and “influential”. Venturing around the world on a “dangerous” journey, she’s joined by five young men and women who all catch her interest, because she believes one may be the reincarnation of a particularly powerful individual who is prophesied to either “save humanity or destroy it.”

Showrunner and executive producer Judkins commented: “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 honoured 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.”

Judkins is joined by a talented crew behind-the-scenes, including Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon of Red Eagle Entertainment, Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), and Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After), all of whom will serve as executive producers. Harriet McDougal is a consulting producer.

We’ll bring you more news on The Wheel of Time as and when we get it.


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