Expectations are high among fans for Amazon Studio’s upcoming adaptation of The wheel of time, the late Robert Jordan bestseller series of 14 books epic fantasy novels, slated to air later this year. And now it looks like we’ll have a Wheel of time cinematographic trilogy too, according to Deadline Hollywood, focusing on the story of Jordan’s fictional world before the events of the books.
Most of the canonical prehistory of the fictional world of Jordan is revealed in flashbacks and legends found in The companion of the wheel of time, but it is otherwise largely unexplored territory. The intention is to complement rather than compete with Amazon’s TV adaptation storyline. By deadline:
The first film will take place several millennia before the time of the books, in a period known as the “Age of Legends,” a futuristic utopia fueled by a magical force shared by men and women known as “One Power ”. When an unspeakable evil is unleashed on the world, civilization sinks into chaos and war covers the globe. When the men using the One Power go mad and destroy much of the planet, a small group of women unite under the White Tower and are humanity’s last hope for survival.
Writer Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class, Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous) will assume the scriptwriting tasks of the first film. “I’ve been a fan of Robert Jordan’s work for many years, and it’s mostly his allusions to the origins and backstory of The wheel of time which I have always found the most intriguing. I am delighted to bring this era conceptualized by Robert Jordan to life ”, Stentz said in a statement. “A fusion of the fantasy and science fiction genres, the Age of Legends is a story of a lost paradise, as a futuristic Garden of Eden turns into a dangerous and shattered world.
(Warning: a few spoilers from books below, especially the first book in the series.)
As I wrote previously, The wheel of time is as popular as that of George RR Martin Song of Ice and Fire, sold over 90 million copies worldwide, the best-selling fantasy series since JRR Tolkien the Lord of the Rings. The series’ conclusion was posted after Jordan’s death and written from Jordan’s notes by best-selling author Brandon Sanderson. There was a weak prior attempt to launch a TV adaptation a few years ago. Entitled The winter dragon, the pilot of the short 30-minute series only covered the prologue to the first book in the series, Eye of the world. The less we talk about it, the better.
the Amazon Series will focus on Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), a member of a powerful all-female organization called Aes Sedai. (In this world, magic exists, but only certain women can use it, i.e. members of the Aes Sedai.) She identifies four young people, one of whom could be the reincarnation of a person who , according to the prophecies, will save or destroy mankind. Together, the young people embark on a journey around the world.
The first casting round, announced in 2019, featured Josha Stradowski as Rand al’Thor, aka The Dragon Reborn, He Who Comes With the Dawn, the Coramoor, Shadowkiller, and who knows how many other nicknames. Marcus Rutherford was chosen as Perrin Aybara’s apprentice blacksmith and dream walker. Zoe Robins plays healer Nynaeve al’Meara, and Madeleine Madden plays powerful channeler Egwene al’Vere. Barney Harris was cast to play the role of the relief comedy series Matrim Cauthon. In December 2019, more cast members were announced, including Hammed Animashaun as Loail, a close friend of Dreamwalker Perrin and Rand al’Thor; Alexandre Willaume as Thom Merrilin, a “Gleeman and Adventurer” – essentially a traveling bard; Johann Myers as the villainous Padan Fain; and Alvaro Morte as Logain.
Production of the Amazon series began in the fall of 2019, but then there was a global pandemic and it all stopped. Filming ended in the Czech Republic in May, and Amazon is so confident in the series that it has already renewed Wheel of time for a second season, even before the premiere of S1, which is expected to happen later this year. “Getting a second season order even before the first season premieres is such a vote of confidence in the work we do and the property itself, and we couldn’t be happier that we could continue to live and work. in the world Robert Jordan created ”, the showrunner Rafe Judkins said Deadline Hollywood.