While Game of Thrones may have recently ended, I still contend that is only just the beginning. We already know of well over a handful of epic fantasy novels in development at studios and networks all around Hollywood, and I expect over the next few years, we’ll see them start to trickle out in both film and TV form. Included in this long list of adaptations is the impending TV show based on Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.
The novels were picked up for an Amazon Prime Video original series this past October, and since then, things have been relatively quiet. However, things do seem to be trucking along nicely, with at least one script being in decent shape, as Brandon Sanderson, the author who wrote the last three books in the series following Jordan’s death, revealed. He also made an interesting comment about how the creatives went with “some unexpected decisions,” leading some on Reddit to show concern.
Sanderson followed up the discussion with some embellishments on his original comment, saying:
“I found the mast majority of these decisions to be excellent choices–things that will give the show its own soul, but still in line with the feel and tone of the books. I can’t say for certain, but my instincts say the fanbase will in general respond to them positively. There are a few I offered suggestions on, and we’ll see.”
“I can’t say too much, not just because of NDAs, but also because the show is very much still in flux as [showrunner and executive producer Rafe Judkins] makes decisions on how he wants things to go. As the alterations go, I’d say they fall in line with positive changes made in bringing LOTR to the big screen–things that were altered in order to make the films work for the medium.”
“Overall, the thing I’m most impressed with is Rafe himself, who really seems to be guiding this show with a balance between love for the source material and his own creative vision. I’d much rather get this, personally, than something like the first two Harry Potter films–which felt like someone trying to bring the books to the screen with exact scene-by-scene recreations.”
“I’m certain there will be polarizing decisions made by the team, but the changes are coming from a good place, and I really like most of them. And let me tell you, the first of the two scripts I read was sharp. Excellent dialogue, nuanced characters, great pacing. The second of the two was in a rougher shape, so while still good, obviously was still undergoing revisions.”
Of course, on the heels of Game of Thrones ending, some fans tend to be a bit gun-shy when it comes to their favorite series being adapted for the small screen. That being said, one has to go into this kind of adaptation realizing that a scene-for-scene take on the source material just isn’t feasible, be it for budgetary reasons or medium restricts.
All this aside, Sanderson’s willingness to at least express that the second episode wasn’t where it needed to be does show a willingness to be honest that fans have come to expect from him.
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