Amazon Greenlights Season One of The Wheel of Time


 The Wheel of Time turns, and ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legends fade to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Golden Age of Television by some, an Age yet to come, an age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Santa Monica. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.

  Born below the sun parched peaks, the wind blew east, out across the Beverly Hills, once home to the stars of the silver screen, now the playground of the Forsaken and Friends of the Dark. Down it flailed into Culver City Studios, into the narrow streets of the backlot, and swirled around the thirteen monstrous sound stages. The Wind swept past the quaint bungalows and speed towards the majestic White Mansion that dominated the grounds.


  Sitting at an aged oak desk; Jennifer Salke, Watcher of the Scripts, The Flame of Tar Amazon, The Amyrlin Seat; slapped her hand down on the script she was reading as a gust of wind threatened to sweep it away. Behind her, stood Sharon Tal Yguado, Keeper of the Genre.

  Tal Yguado adjusted her blue fringed shawl as the gust swirled around her. Tightening her grip on the gilt flamed Keepers staff, she nervously waited for the Amyrlin to pass judgement on the red haired man kneeling before the desk.
  That man, Rafe al’Judkins, The Dragon Reborn; managed to look proud even in such a humble stance. The grand study seemed smaller by his mere presence. One of her Talents was the ability to see talent, and al’Judkins radiated it in waves like heat from a furnace in Winters Heart.
  “You advise letting him loose on the world then?” the Amyrlin asked as she continued to read the script.
  “Yes Mother. It is the only way. The Dragon must be set free to unite the Dragonsworn and to draw the viewers of the world to his banner...our banner, as we will be the ones guiding him. If we keep him locked away, the world will fall into chaos as The Last Battle draws closer. There is no other way! Already false Dragons are starting to appear, vying to fill the vacuum left by the fall of the Seven Kingdoms. He must be set free or the Light will be but a memory!”

  The Amyrlin looked up, sniffed and stared levelly at al’Judkins, “The eyes of the world are upon us, and the way ahead is a Path of Daggers” she said firmly. “The Lord of Chaos reigns, the Shadow is Rising, and the White Mansion and Tar Amazon must be a beacon of light shining brighter than the Fires of Heaven in the Gathering Storm. Phaw! If it must be done, let it be done by us! Send forth the proclamations Sharon. Let it be known. The Great Hunt is over, The Dragon rides again on the winds of time!"

“When the Eagle falls from grace
And the Winter Dragon ravages our faith
The Editor will grant her favour
To the Dragon our saviour”

                     -Prophecy from The Book of Narg

Official Proclamations


From Variety:

Amazon Studios has ordered “The Wheel of Time,” an action fantasy series based on Robert Jordan’s bestselling fantasy novels, which have sold more than 90 million copies worldwide. Rafe Judkins (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) adapted the material into a series and serves as showrunner.

Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television are co-producing the series, which was announced by Jennifer Salke, the head of Amazon Studios, at a show-and-tell in London on Tuesday. “The Wheel of Time” will premiere globally on Amazon Prime Video.

Set in an epic world where magic exists but only women can use it, “The Wheel of Time” follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the “Aes Sedai,” as she embarks on a dangerous journey with five young men and women across the world. Moiraine is interested in these five “because she believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, who prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it,” Amazon said in a statement.

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Hollywood Reporter:

“The Wheel of Time is endlessly fascinating and resonates hugely with fans as one of the best-selling global book franchises and we were drawn to its timely narrative featuring powerful women at the core,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, speaking in London at the Amazon Prime Video Presents showcase. “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.”

Added Sharon Tal Yguado, head of event series, Amazon Originals: “Developing and producing Robert Jordan’s beloved fourteen-books-series for TV is a big undertaking, and we don’t take it lightly. We believe that Rafe’s personal connection to the material and soulful writing will resonate with the book’s passionate fans.”

Said co-president of SPT Chris Parnell: "In Rafe Judkins, we’ve found a brilliant visionary that is a true fan of the books and ready to bring Robert Jordan’s world to life."

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 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.”

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Deadline: 

Amazon Prime Video will launch the one-hour series in over 200 countries and territories with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Chuck writer Rafe Judkins, who first found fame as a contestant on Survivor, adapting. It will be produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios.

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