Michael P Clarkson - Wheel of Time TV Series Writer

Disclaimer: Narg will leave it up to you, whether or not to consider this news "speculative". Although there is no smoking gun(confirmation by Michael or Rafe), Narg is confident that the evidence stacks up. (updated article for both brothers HERE)

First up...The introduction!


Michael Patrick Clarkson

I decided at a very young age that I wanted to be involved in storytelling. From as early as I can remember my identical twin brother Paul and I have been making up stories, characters and worlds. We were lucky enough to grow up with people who spurred on our imagination and allowed us the freedom to express ourselves creatively. We have spent a large part of our lives entertaining each other. When we were teenagers, we realised that this creativity could reach out of our little twin world and include others. People liked what we had to say, or would laugh at our silliness, or were moved by things we had created. An emotional response from friends, family and strangers on this level helped us see that we could, if we wanted, move towards a future where storytelling was all we did.
Michael received scholarships from BAFTA and The University of Southern California in 2015 and completed a Masters in Screenwriting.

He made the following video as part of a crowd sourcing campaign to help pay the remaining tuition fees:

Since then, both Michael and his brother Paul, have served as "Script Consultants" on the upcoming BBC adaption of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. He also shares a "Written by" credit with his brother on the Apple SciFi Drama See for two episodes, which is currently filming. He has solo writing credits for two episodes of The Feed by Amazon Video.

You can see his full IMDb profile HERE.

Michael is a talented, and seemingly in demand up and coming screenwriter. This looks like a great pick by Rafe!

The Evidence!

Rafe mentioned in his recent tweet about the Hearth Contest, that the office had a PA named Tim. Narg managed to track down Tim on Facebook, and took a look at his public friends list. While looking at the usual suspects on the list, Sarah, Patrick and Celine, Narg's fat fingers accidentally clicked on Michael's picture. Narg decided to take a peak at the profile anyway, and scrolled down to discover that he also had a public friends list, and two of the six featured friends caught Narg's eye. Clicking through to the full friends list presented Narg with this:


Not only do we have Tim the office PA, we have Patrick(Rafe's Assistant), Sarah(book consultant) and Celine(writer), we also have David Hill and Justine Gillmer, both of whom Narg has speculated are writers on the show. That's four confirmed connections, and another two speculative, for a total of six.
(Paul is also friends with Celine and David but not the others, so based on that Narg is saying, Michael is going solo on this one. That or Paul isn't as social.)

If that wasn't coincidence enough...

Remember this tweet by Rafe?


Twins! Just like Michael and Paul from the UK!

Narg found these photos from the 12th of January 2014:


And Paul posted this from the same date:
Just finished the amazing Wheel of Time series of books with Michael Patrick Clarkson in the oldest pub in London during a three course meal. If you are a fantasy fan (that includes Lord of the Rings) then you should read these.
There is no doubt that the twins Rafe referred to are Michael and Paul. So while it's possible that Rafe didn't hire Michael, and that he only became facebook friends with the others as a result of the interview process, Narg doesn't think that that is the most logical assumption to make. It's more reasonable to conclude that he is one of the Wheel of Time writers INO.

UPDATE: Adam from Facebook found Michael's CV on The Independent Talent website and it list Wheel of Time under his current projects. So maybe we do have the smoking gun! Paul's CV also lists WoT, so it looks like they are working as a duo....


If you agree with this conclusion, then it is also logical to conclude that Dave and Justine are also writers on the show. Narg will wait for more evidence on those two though.

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