Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Amazon Gives Series Order to Drama 'The Wheel of Time' Based on Book Series

Amazon has today given a series order to the original drama series The Wheel of Time based on the series of books with the same name. An episode count and premiere date window were not immediately announced.

Set in a sprawling world where magic exists but can only be used by women, the drama follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization, the Aes Sedai, as she embarks on a dangerous journey with five young men and women. Moiraine's interest in these five lies in the fact that she believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual who prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it. The series draws on numerous elements of European and Asian culture and philosophy, most notably the cyclical nature of time found in Buddhism and Hinduism.

Rafe Judkins (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) developed the drama and will serve as showrunner. He will executive produce with Rick Selvage, Larry Mondragon, Ted Field, Mike Weber and Darren Lemke. Harriet McDougal is a consulting producer. Sony Pictures Television, Amazon Studios, Red Eagle Entertainment and Radar Pictures will produce.

"The Wheel of Time is endlessly fascinating and resonates hugely with fans as one of the best-selling global book franchises, and we were drawn to its timely narrative featuring powerful women at the core," said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. "We're thrilled to extend our relationship with devotees who've found the book series transformative and welcome new ones by bringing it to life on Prime Video for viewers worldwide."

"For so many people, including me, this book series has served as a world to escape to, to lose yourself in, to devour and inhabit completely," added Judkins. "And I couldn't be more honored to be the one finally bringing that world to life on screen, for old fans to lose themselves in all over again and new fans to discover for the very first time."