So, Amazon is turning my favourite epic fantasy series into a TV series. Is that exciting? Yes, definitely. Is it scary? Hell, yeah, what if it ends up being a complete farce like the Shannara Chronicles car crash? But I have a bit of hope that it won’t… Why not? Well…
1. It’s Amazon and one presumes that the program will have a decent budget. I mean, when I heard the budget for their (completely unneccesary) Lord of the Rings adaptation it kind of blew my mind!
2. Creator Rafe Judkins is a big fan of the actual book series and director (of at least the first episode) Uta Briesewitz has plenty of experience with big shows (Jessica Jones, Westworld, Stranger Things, Altered Carbon, etc)
3. Robert Jordan’s widow Harriet and Brandon Sanderson are involved in some sort of consulting capacity. Sanderson has said that the changes they made to the source material make sense considering the different medium and I think I trust his opinion.
4. The casting so far looks pretty solid. A big actress (Rosamund Pike) to play Moiraine and lesser known/less exposed talented actors for the younger roles. I am curious to see what other actors will be cast!
I am curious to see what changes will be made. From what I have heard Moiraine is the main protagonist in at least the first few episodes, whereas Rand is the main protagonist in the first book. Apparently they are also expanding the role of Logain, the false dragon. I think that could actually be a good move. I wonder whether they will show Rand and Logain with parallel storylines, so people unfamiliar with the books may not be sure who the true Dragon Reborn is.
Considering that Moiraine is kinda the main girl in the TV series, I wonder whether they will pull some of the prequel New Spring into the show to show some of her (and Lan’s) background.
I am also pretty curious what R-rating they will put on it. I mean, there is quite a bit of nudity, sex and violence in the books, even if the writing is never that gory or explicit. Bad, cruel shit happens all the time in these books and there is so much nudity!
Will they condense the books? How closely will the series follow the main events from the books? What will it expand on? What will it cut out? So many questions!
However, something I really love about these books is the cultural details. Every area in the WOT world has its own very detailed cultural differences. I hope they bring a lot of that to the screen as well. It is what makes Jordan’s fantasy world so rich.
Have you read the books? Are you excited about the TV series? What changes do you think will/should be made?
Buckle up! The Wheel of Time Series is only two years away… 😂😉