Another fantasy book series is heading to the small screen! The late Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, a series that spans an impressive fifteen novels, will be adapted into a television show.
The news came out yesterday from The Wheel of Time‘s official Google+ account, run by Jordan’s former editor and widow Harriet McDougal.
The following is a press statement that has been approved by the studio involved in contract negotiations:
Update: Wanted to share with you exciting news about The Wheel of Time. Legal issues have been resolved. The Wheel of Time will become a cutting edge TV series! I couldn’t be more pleased. Look for the official announcement coming soon from a major studio —Harriet
Starting in 1990 with The Eye of the World, Jordan’s Wheel of Time tells the story of a circular history in which reincarnations of The Dark One and The Dragon – in essence champions each of the Dark and Light sides of magic – battle each other for the fate of the world, with such a vast amount of time between these fights that stories often fade into legend. Jordan originally planned to have the series end in its twelfth book, but his failing health stopped him from completing it. Before he passed away in 2007, Jordan made a number of notes for just such an occasion, and another author Brandon Sanderson was able to step in and finish the final book. However, Sanderson turned one book into three, putting the whole series book count at fifteen, including a prequel written in 2004.
We may not know which studio and network will be adapting the series yet, but if McDougal is correct, we won’t have to wait very long before finding out.