With Game of Thrones slowly making its way to the exit on HBO, networks and studios are likely scrambling behind the scenes to get the next big high fantasy property to the small screen. With the success HBO had with its operatic tale of intrigue, it’s proven that given a strong story, audiences are hungry for stories that take place outside our own worlds.
Luckily for networks, there are thousands and thousands of viable fantasy properties to mine from, and now, thanks a report from Variety, we now know that one of the largest fantasy book series is in development to get the TV treatment. According to the outlet, a Wheel of Time TV series adaptation is moving forward with Sony Pictures Television.
If you’re unfamiliar with this series, it consists of 14 ridiculously long novels that began in 1990 with The Eye of the World, and ended in 2013 with A Memory of Light. So long was the series that its original author, Robert Jordan, wasn’t able to finish it himself. Instead, Brandon Sanderson — another big fantasy author in his own right — worked using the notes left by Jordan to publish the last three books of the epic narrative.
Sony will produce the series with Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures, and attached to write and executive produce is Rafe Judkins. While Judkins doesn’t have any experience executive producing any other series, he does have experience in producing and writing such shows as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hemlock Grove.
This isn’t the first we heard about the Wheel of Time getting the TV treatment, but given that it’s been given the go ahead by Sony, it’s fair to assume that the actual process of getting this TV show onto the small screen will begin to accelerate.
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