Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” is a seminal epic in the fantasy genre. Spanning 14 novels (completed in 2007 by author Brandon Sanderson), the sprawling saga has “adaptation” written all over it. Unfortunately, its path to the screen has been about as complicated as the plot itself, and for a long time, it seemed unlikely to ever happen. However, it appears “The Wheel of Time” has finally escaped development hell.
Variety reports Sony Pictures Television is moving forward with a series written and executive produced by “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” veteran Rafe Judkins, whose credits also include “Hemlock Grove” and “Chuck.”
Debuting in 1990, “The Wheel of Time” centers on the quest to find the Dragon Reborn, a prophesied savior to unite various kingdoms to defeat The Dark One’s forces. The closest fans have come to a live-action rendition of the story was in 2015, when FXX aired a pilot starring Max Ryan and Billy Zane at 1:30 a.m. with no notice or promotion — presumably in an attempt to maintain the rights to the property. That story is a whole yarn in itself, and Jordan’s widow, Harriet McDougal, said she knew nothing of the pilot’s development.