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  • 1

    Interview: Oct 11th, 2005

    Ted Herman

    The second signing session of the day was local, just a short drive up a rainy, traffic filled highway. This one had a Q&A session also, same restrictions on autographs though (two hardcovers, no personalization per trip in line). RJ seemed like he wanted to get going quickly for an early trip to the next stop tomorrow, so I only went through the line once.

    Robert Jordan

    In the Q&A, everyone was using the same questions that are answered in just about every Q&A RJ does, or at least recently: about writing female POVs, about compiling his notes, how does he store all the info about the plots and characters, etc... He did give some new info/answers on a couple of topics. He did repeat the tidbit about writing additional side stories that was on Wotmania today. He mentioned that he hates Apple computers because the early versions were not compatible with each other :p He mentioned if a mini series is done on NBC, there might be other sequel series on showtime or sci-fi channel.

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  • 2

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Matt Ward (6 July 2011)

    Imagine—WoT turned into a TV series such as 'A Song of Ice and Fire'. Have you ever been approached with ideas?

    Brandon Sanderson (6 July 2011)

    Universal pictures holds rights. I think they're trying for a feature film.

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  • 3

    Interview: May, 1995

    Robert Jordan

    No, I'm not opposed at all to the idea of a Wheel of Time movie.

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  • 4

    Interview: Jun 26th, 1996

    Compuserve Chat (Verbatim)

    John

    Have you ever considered making the Wheel of Time into a movie?

    Robert Jordan

    With almost every book that has come out, and certainly every one that has made the bestseller lists, there's a feeler about a movie, but it always goes away, because any one of these books would have to be a TV miniseries. There's no way that I can see to compress them into a three-hour movie or even a four-hour movie. That's not to say it won't happen, but I don't really expect it.

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  • 5

    Interview: Jun 27th, 1996

    AOL Chat 1 (Verbatim)

    CMore102

    Since there are currently Wheel of Time card games and video games in the works, what other media will we see in the future? Comic Books? Films?

    Robert Jordan

    I really don't know. I just take it as it comes. There will be a line of Wheel of Time fantasy clothing and jewelry. There's a company that wants to make Wheel of Time weapons—swords, etc., but nothing in the way of games that I can discuss.

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  • 6

    Interview: Oct 18th, 1996

    AOL Chat (Verbatim)

    Question

    Any chance of seeing the "Wheel of Time" in other media (television, CD-ROM's, etc.)?

    Robert Jordan

    I don't know about TV certainly, but a company called Legend Entertainment is working on a Wheel of Time role playing game that will have both strategic and tactical levels and be able to be played against your own computer or on the Web against other players. I think it should be interesting. I gave them a number of requirements which all boil down in a way to ... it should be impossible to play the same game twice.

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  • 7

    Interview: Oct 18th, 1996

    AOL Chat (Verbatim)

    Question

    Would you ever consent to a movie?

    Robert Jordan

    Sure! But who's going to make a movie at 16 or 18 hours per book? If anybody out there actually thinks he can cut one of these books down to a two hour movie, I suspect he's been drinking something funny!

    Question

    Well, there's always the option of a mini-series.

    Footnote

    At the time, full-season book adaptations were unheard of.

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  • 8

    Interview: Jun 28th, 1997

    Rand

    Would you allow the series to be made into a series of movies if they were going to be as great as the books?

    Robert Jordan

    Sure. If they were going to be as good as the books.

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  • 9

    Interview: Jun 28th, 1997

    Loial

    Do you think a two-hour movie could ever do the series justice? Or would it at least have to be a trilogy of some sort?

    Robert Jordan

    I think it would take at least 18 or 20 hours of movie to do any one of the books. Which means, I suppose, that none of them will ever be done as movies.

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  • 10

    Interview: Oct 19th, 1998

    Shawn from t_voice@bellsouth.net

    What are the chances of seeing any adaptations either film or television of any characters from the Wheel of Time?

    Robert Jordan

    I really don't know. I occasionally have gotten approaches in the past, but the books are all so long and involved that I think it would take a 16-hour movie to do any one of the books. We'll see what happens.

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  • 11

    Interview: Nov 1st, 1998

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    ilrudy

    Do you see a movie coming in the future? [Moderator: From your books, I bet ilrudy means.]

    Robert Jordan

    Not unless someone wants to make an 18 hour film. That's how long any one of these books would take, I believe.

    Moderator

    A miniseries? (Moderator smiles)

    Robert Jordan

    And no one is doing miniseries any more. Of course, "New Spring" has just been released but no one has come sniffing around yet. Boorman would be the guy...

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  • 12

    Interview: Aug 27th, 1999

    Robert Jordan (28 August 1999)

    The other really interesting thing he said was that ABC have bought the rights to make a WOT mini-series. It doesn't mean they will, but they've got the guy who wrote 'Merlin' working on a script.

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  • 13

    Interview: Aug 30th, 1999

    Question

    I'm just wondering, for the Age of Legends, will you be following up or going back to that or maybe endorsing a movie on the Age of Legends?

    Robert Jordan

    No. I'm waiting for some contracts to catch up with me which are an option by NBC to do a mini series based on The Eye of the World with the screen writer who did NBC's Merlin. Now that's an option. It might happen, it might not happen. That's the only movie or TV activity going on. As far as the Age of Legends is concerned and going back to them, when I reach the last scene of this book I would have told the story that I wanted to tell in this world. I would have said what I wanted to say in this world. And my intention at that point is to go onto a different universe, a different world, a different set of rules, different cultures. I've been thinking about it for about five or six years now.

    Question

    With the same characters?

    Robert Jordan

    No, certainly not. If I've done it, why do it again? That's the trap that sometimes you guys push the writer into. You say, "You know, I really liked what you've done before. Do it again." And he does. And pretty soon he's doing the same thing over and over again. Now I'll hope you'll stick with me because I've done this. When I finish it I will have done it and I will try to go on something else that is not exactly the same. I hope you'll like it.

    Question

    Wouldn't be based around your physics by any chance?

    Robert Jordan

    Not in particular. Not to any greater degree than this is.

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  • 14

    Interview: Aug 30th, 1999

    Paul Colquhoun

    I have just returned home from a talk/booksigning here in Sydney.

    FOOTNOTE

    There is a verbatim transcript of this Q&A here.

    Robert Jordan

    RJ did say that the rights to a mini-series of the The Eye of the World has been sold, and that the scriptwriter from Merlin was involved. He also said there was no guarantee that anything would come of this.

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  • 15

    Interview: Sep 20th, 1999

    RJ confirmed that a WoT (or, more correctly, a The Eye of the World) miniseries has been signed, and the creator of the Merlin miniseries is at the helm, but there are no other details as of yet.

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  • 16

    Interview: Mar, 2000

    Question

    How are the plans for the tele-movie version of Eye of the World coming along?

    Robert Jordan

    So far, the contracts have been signed, and I know no more. NBC has purchased an option, and while I hope the series will be made, many more options are purchased than shows see the light of day.

    Question

    Have any actors been cast yet?

    Robert Jordan

    Not that I know of.

    Question

    I read a two year old interview on the web which had you say you could not see your series turn into movies; what changed your mind?

    Robert Jordan

    The words "mini-series" and "at least four hours and possibly six." I still don’t see any way that one of the books could be pared down enough to fit into the usual two-hour theatrical release, but four or six hours makes a difference.

    Question

    When are you hoping this project will be broadcast in the U.S. and will it be released on video/DVD?

    Robert Jordan

    I could wish for next week, but if wishes were wings, pigs would fly. I really have no idea as to the answer of either question.

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  • 17

    Interview: Oct, 2000

    Orbit Interview (Verbatim)

    Orbit Books

    Would you like to see the Wheel of Time made into a movie—or movies? If so, who would you like to see play Rand?

    Robert Jordan

    I would very much like to see the Wheel of Time made into a miniseries for television, perhaps by someone like HBO. They do very good work, and there would be no commercial interruptions. I don't think I would let one of the books be made into a movie. Such a movie would have to be at least five or six hours long, perhaps longer, just for one book, to maintain the coherence of the story, and movies of that sort aren't being made by anyone I know of. As to who should play Rand, I really don't know. How many good, young actors are there who happen to be six feet five inches tall?

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  • 18

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    Dayn S from California

    What is going on with the NBC The Eye of the World mini-series?

    Robert Jordan

    To the best of my knowledge, nothing whatsoever. I have been told that the people who were key in making the deal in the first place have all left NBC now. So I'm afraid that nothing is going to happen there.

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  • 19

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2000

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    samugi

    The Wheel of Time series is very popular and I believe the PC game using the unreal engine has done very well. Have there been any plans to branch into other media such as film or tv?

    Robert Jordan

    Well, NBC has an option for a miniseries, but I understand the option is unlikely to be renewed. I guess you can write to the network.

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  • 20

    Interview: Dec 12th, 2000

    CNN Chat (Verbatim)

    Uno

    Has there been any serious discussion about making a WoT movie?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes. Not a movie as such, but a miniseries. NBC has purchased an option to do a miniseries of The Eye of the World. Most options are not exercised, however. If you want NBC to make the miniseries, write to them and say "make the miniseries of The Eye of the World."

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  • 21

    Interview: Apr 4th, 2001

    Robert Jordan

    There was a question about the Tolkien movie and if anything similar would be done with WoT. Jordan mentioned the NBC miniseries, and the option to take options on the other parts. Also that each book deserved at least a miniseries. Perhaps New Spring could be done in a three-hour feature length movie. "I'm not saying that it will be done, but it could."

    He also said that his editor was telling him that perhaps it was "time to start shopping this around again. I didn't have to go to him to say 'hey you think anybody would be interested?'"

    Another point he mentioned was that if nothing would happen he wouldn't mind it too much, he never set out to write movies.

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  • 22

    Interview: Dec 9th, 2002

    Question

    By far the most common question asked: What are your feelings on a movie version of your books? You've said that, to you, only the books really matter. Do you feel that a movie would do them justice though? Or do you think it might be too complex for the screen and even hurt their reputation? What about making a movie that focuses on a different time from the story you've told?

    Robert Jordan

    My feelings about the possibility of a movie are ambivalent. It would be very nice if a movie or movies, or a series on HBO or whatever were made, but that really would be something extra. I write books. If a movie is made, good. If not, I won't cry.

    I don't think that a bad movie would do the books any damage, but with any movie, the writer of the book has to give up control to someone else and trust that other person to interpret the writer's vision. (God, that sounds pompous!) I used to think that it might be impossible for a movie to really encompass any of the books, but since seeing The Lord of the Rings, I've changed my mind. In any case, Harriet says (and Plato agrees with her) that the only thing to do when you sell a book to Hollywood is to take the money, walk away very fast before they can take it back, and never, ever go to see the movie. Of course, any movie depends on someone making an offer for an option and then following through to exercise the option, and so far, that hasn't happened. The option bit did, true, but not the rest. We are now waiting, as they say. But not very anxiously.

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  • 23

    Interview: Apr 7th, 2001

    Question

    A question about a WoT movie.

    Robert Jordan

    A Japanese company contacted me about doing an animated movie. I told them no, because they wanted to do a movie based on two or three books, and I said, "no, I won't do that".

    Aan'allein

    Then he talked about NBC acquiring an option about doing a miniseries based on the first book and options to buy options on the other books, and that there was quite some progress made by the people involved and then, "those people promptly left NBC," and NBC has let the option lapse.

    Robert Jordan

    It's a chancey thing. I would not support anyone doing a feature film of, say, The Eye of the World. I do not think it could be compressed into three hours. Certainly not into two. That would make it incomprehensible. But... [end of this side of the tape] ... the screenwriter makes further changes, because, although it's a collaborative effort, if the director says I don't like this, do it some other way, do it this way, and the screenwriter does that. And if the screenwriter doesn't do that, they'll get another screenwriter. And then the actor says, "I don't believe this character would say this." And the actress says I don't want to do that, see, I want to do it this way, so they change the dialogue, and they change the scene. And the director, again, comes up and says, "I think it should be done in this fashion," and he shapes it.

    Question

    Which actors and actresses would you cast if a movie were made, and you had that power?

    Robert Jordan

    That power is never given to a writer of a book, believe me. I know that there are websites, more than one, that have sections or they have posts that this actor or that actress for this role or that role. I don't think I've ever really thought about it. To me a movie is something that would be nice if it happened. A miniseries...if Thom should be Sean Connery or Patrick Stewart. I'm sorry, I simply have never thought about that.

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  • 24

    Interview: Jan 22nd, 2003

    USA Today Article (Verbatim)

    Robert Jordan

    Fantasy—"fiction based on the unreal"—is his true calling, however. "It touches on dreams and hope. No matter how dire the situation...there is a presumption of things coming out all right."

    USA Today

    There are an estimated 65,000 fan Web sites devoted to Jordan's work. But The Wheel of Time series has not been made into a film or miniseries. (In the 1980s, Jordan wrote a series about Conan the Destroyer of film fame. The character was first created in the 1930s by Robert E. Howard.) Jordan promises that he will write "at least" two more novels in The Wheel of Time series.

    "What makes Jordan so popular, I think, is that everything he writes makes perfect sense," notes Swedish high school teacher Lars Jacobsson, 27, from Malmö. He has been a fan since 1995. "In most other fantasy books, there's always a point where you go, 'I don't buy that, that doesn't seem right.' In The Wheel of Time, that point has yet to come."

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  • 25

    Interview: Jan 23rd, 2003

    Question

    [Will there be] a WoT movie?

    Robert Jordan

    "I don't know. If you know Peter Jackson or Spielberg, you can always ask them to give me a call..." No objections to a movie as long as the people coming to him with an offer have both the means and the knowledge to pull it off. That might be a tougher proposition than even Lord of the Rings, in my opinion, due to sheer length and number of characters involved.

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  • 26

    Interview: Feb 9th, 2003

    Bill Thompson

    Given the respect and artistry accorded "The Lord of the Rings" movies by director Peter Jackson, does Jordan feel that a film version of "The Wheel of Time" is now more feasible?

    Robert Jordan

    "I do not know whether it could be done in that way. I have just had an option offered from a production company called Manetheren Films, which was spawned for the purpose of producing the books as a miniseries or a series of miniseries on some place like HBO or the SciFi Channel. We'll see how it goes. It won't be the first time that someone has bought an option. NBC bought an option, then all the people involved in buying it went elsewhere. But the check cleared."

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  • 27

    Interview: Mar 29th, 2004

    Sci Fi Weekly

    Talking about movies, will any of your works be making the jump to the big or small screen? Any Wheel of Time movies or TV shows in development?

    Robert Jordan

    There is no development going on right now, but we'll see what happens. There is some interest, some sniffing around.

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  • 28

    Interview: Jan 6th, 2004

    Tulsa, OK

    With the success of the Lord of the Rings movies, are there any plans to make Wheel of Time movies?

    Robert Jordan

    Well, that depends entirely on Hollywood. If someone comes to me and wants to do a movie, I'm totally open about it, but so far nobody has come to me in a major way.

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  • 29

    Interview: Jan 6th, 2004

    Laurel, MS

    If Hollywood made a movie of WoT, who would you like to play Rand and the others?

    Robert Jordan

    I don't have a clue. I don't think I've ever even thought of that myself. I know other people have, but I have not.

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  • 30

    Interview: Jan 6th, 2004

    Detroit, Michigan

    Have you been approached to allow your books to be turned into any animated (Anime?) format?

    Robert Jordan

    No. No one has approached me about that.

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  • 31

    Interview: Jul 14th, 2005

    ComicCon Reports (Paraphrased)

    Question

    Any updates on a Wheel of Time movie?

    Robert Jordan

    He's currently meeting with Red Eagle Entertainment. There is no script yet. As of now Red Eagle has the option on The Eye of the World.

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  • 32

    Interview: Jul 14th, 2005

    Question

    Another gentlemen asked about a WoT movie.

    Robert Jordan

    RJ said that he had a meeting scheduled with Red Eagle that night (Friday night) and the following day (today, Saturday) to discuss that very thing. He hasn't seen any script (perhaps it hasn't even been written yet) and that Red Eagle had an option for The Eye of the World only. He seemed to have a wait and see attitude about the whole thing, and he provided no definitive information about the how or when a movie would be in the offing. It seemed to me that this is still in the very early stages.

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  • 33

    Interview: Sep 2nd, 2005

    Question

    A question about if Jordan has been approached by movie makers and directors, etc., and if he sat down with them.

    Robert Jordan

    There is a company called Red Eagle that has the options for The Eye of the World to make the movie. I am waiting to see the outline from the screenwriters. Hmm, which is in effect telling me what of the book they want to keep and what they want to leave out of the book. Since you are not going to get the whole book into movie.

    But if it's actually going to be made, even now I can't say. Some years ago NBC optioned The Eye of the World to make a six hour mini-series. Less than two years after we had signed the contracts, they came with the screenwriter, who did the miniseries 'Merlin'. Then two years after the contracts were signed, all the people who brought the project together had left NBC.

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  • 34

    Interview: Sep 2nd, 2005

    Question

    Do you have more hope that the movie is going to be made and is the movie going to be a miniseries or a movie?

    Robert Jordan

    Actually, I have to tell you, I don't really care. It would be nice, but if it doesn't happen...it doesn't happen. I am not a moviemaker. I write books. I will just write more books.

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  • 35

    Interview: Oct 11th, 2005

    Question

    The next questions were about possible movies, and we got the same answers.

    Robert Jordan

    The rights have been granted but that's where it sits now. He speculated that IF (the capitals were heard) it ever gets produced it will be The Eye of the World only and that it will probably be two or three movies or a miniseries.

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  • 36

    Interview: Oct 21st, 2005

    Question

    Will there be a WOT movie?

    Robert Jordan

    There may be. Right now RJ has on his desk some kind of outline, which is one of the first steps in developing a screenplay. Red Eagle Entertainment has the rights.

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  • 37

    Interview: Nov 4th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    While RJ was on the west coast, he looked over and approved an outline for the screenplay for The Eye of the World. He expects to have the script on his desk in about eight weeks.

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  • 38

    Interview: Oct 31st, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    One item I hadn’t heard mentioned before, is that he's "doing lunch" (though he prefers to eat it) with Red Eagle Entertainment tomorrow (11/01/05) in Los Angeles. They've got the outline for The Eye of the World movie, what they want to keep from the book, what they don't want to use, etc., and he needs to give them an ok on it.

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  • 39

    Interview: Aug 22nd, 2007

    Robert Jordan

    I hear things now and then floating out in the air. For instance, I hear that word was floating about ComicCon in San Diego that I am displeased with Red Eagle. Too true. Too very true. In a few more months that last contract they have with anyone on God's green earth that so much as mentions my name will come to an end and we can see what happens after that. You see, among other things they forgot an old dictum of LBJ back when he was just a Congressman from Texas, when he famously, or infamously, said "Don't spit in the soup. boys. We all have to eat." Worse, Red Eagle though they could tell me they spit in the soup, or pee in it, if they wanted to and there wasn't anything I could do to stop them. You can't apologize your way out of that with me, not that they tried. There isn't enough money in the world to buy your way out of it with me. Not that they tried that either. So they get no further help from me. Once they are completely out of the picture, we'll see what happens.

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  • 40

    Interview: Aug 14th, 2008

    Brandon Sanderson

    With the announcement of the movie deal for the Wheel of Time, I had a lot of emails asking me for more of my thoughts on the matter. Specifically, do I think that the Wheel of Time books can be made into good movies?

    Well, the answer is no. But I do think that a good movie can be made from the Wheel of Time books. Let me explain the distinction.

    I think that books can make excellent inspirations for movies—but the best movies, particularly in fantasy, that come from books are the ones that adapt the work, rather than just trying to film it scene-by-scene. The Lord of the Rings movies are an excellent example. It would have been a miss-fire if Jackson had tried to turn the books into movies; instead, he used the books for material to make great movies.

    The formats are very different. If this were a TV mini-series, then I could see The Eye of the World being adapted straight across. In a feature length film, however, there would have to be adaptation. I look at the Harry Potter movies as another example. The first film was only okay, but the third film was great. Why? Because the third film's director adapted the story, choosing the parts that were the most cinematic, and didn't just try to film the book—he tried to make a great movie, taking elements from the books.

    Maybe this is blasphemy, but it's the only way I see a good movie coming from The Eye of the World. There is just too much going on, too many characters, too much weight of history, to make it into a two hour movie. However, there are stories in The Eye of the World which—if adapted—could make an excellent movie.

    In the end, however, if it gets more people to read the books, then the movie has at least accomplished something. That's why I sold movie rights to Alcatraz, even though I knew that Hollywood has a good track record of making terrible movies from adapted sources. (Fortunately, I've got a lot of confidence in the team working on Alcatraz over at Dreamworks.) But if the movie ends up getting even one more person into my books, then I feel that I'm ahead.

    Who knows where the Wheel of Time movies will go in the future. Maybe they'll get made. Maybe the option will just sit there gathering dust. Maybe they will turn out to be terrible, like some other recent fantasy book adaptations. Or maybe we'll get lucky, and they'll get a director who understands the books and can bring out the same FEEL of the novels while still adapting them in a way that suits the film medium.

    The thing is, you never know which of those you're going to get until you try. And so, I repeat my congratulations to Harriet. Let's all keep our fingers crossed.

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  • 41

    Interview: Aug 13th, 2008

    Brandon Sanderson

    People have already started emailing me about this.

    My response is . . . huzzah! Congratulations Harriet! I know that things have been stalled for a long time on this front, and while she mentioned to me that something like this might be coming, I didn't think it would be so soon.

    I'm afraid I'm not the one to ask about specifics, however. Even if I knew them, I wouldn't be comfortable sharing them. But I'm sure more will be coming in the future. All I will say is to remember that things like this tend to move very slowly. I hope that won't be the case here, but chances are good that it will be many years before we actually get to see the movie.

    Now, back to work on Book Twelve. . . .

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    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Question

    Any chance of your books becoming movies?

    Robert Jordan

    Not under my control.

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  • 43

    Interview: May 15th, 2009

    Dave Brendon

    With Red Eagle Entertainment doing the live-action movie and the various games of the Wheel of Time, why do you think many fans have had such a strong reaction against this? I know I’d like to shout, “If Harriet’s okay with it, leave it alone!”

    Brandon Sanderson

    Maybe they’ll get made. Maybe they won’t turn out so well, like some other recent fantasy book adaptations. Or maybe we’ll get lucky, and they’ll get a director who understands the books and can bring out the same feel of the novels while still adapting them in a way that suits the film medium. The thing is, you never know which of those you’re going to get until you try. Now that I’ve met with representatives of Red Eagle, I’m much more comfortable with them working on the project. They really impressed me with their sincere desire to do the series justice.

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  • 44

    Interview: May 18th, 2009

    Clayton Neuman

    Universal has optioned the series. Do you think it's possible to make a movie of this scope?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's a difficult project. The people who are producing it seem very focused on the series, and they've put some of my worries to ease. It seems impossible, but I would have said the same thing about The Lord of the Rings. Impossible things can come to pass. Universal wants this to be a fantasy tentpole, and if that's really the case I can see them splitting books and giving this series the attention it deserves.

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  • 45

    Interview: Jun 1st, 2009

    Damon Cap

    I know that we've talked about what the Dabel Brothers are doing, the comic book adaptation...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, I just picked up a couple of them myself. They look gorgeous.

    DAMON CAP

    Yeah, they did look really good. Is it more of a Harriet thing? I know we're also talking about the movie itself. Are you involved in that, have they been coming to you and asking you your opinion on things, or is that more of a Harriet...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    That's been mostly Maria. Maria's been handling that. Maria is the continuity expert on staff. And so she's been handling that. I suspect they will come to me when they reach these books more. But I've been so busy, that really it's been her and Jason from Dragonmount that have been consulting on those. And I've just not wanted to stick my nose into it because I've got so much on my plate already with these books. So that's mostly Maria. So if you want to ask about those, interview Maria.

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  • 46

    Interview: Nov 4th, 2005

    Question

    Any news on the movies of the books?

    Robert Jordan

    He just got back from Hollywood where he was had extensive talks with the producers. It appears that they are about 8 weeks from a draft of the script. He was happy with the screenwriters and the plot summary. He had extensive input and veto/suggestion type powers, but he will not have any input into actor choices.

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  • 47

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2009

    Question

    What's the status of the WoT movie?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Universal has bought the rights for it, and they're in the process of writing a script. Maria is the official contact point for making sure they get the details right. Brandon is plenty busy writing, so he hasn't been involved.

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    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2010

    Question

    How do you feel about the idea of a movie—do you think they can do the series justice?

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    I think they can. It will be interesting to see what happens. It's a huge task to make a WoT movie work... (audio)

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    Interview: Apr 22nd, 2009

    Richard Fife

    So, after Brandon's Panel, where he explained this, I made my goodbyes and made the drive home. Alas, it was a seven hour drive, so I missed the only other panel I was interested in with Red Eagle, where they were talking about—ready for it again?—a Wheel of Time live-action movie. I did chat with the producer some the night before, and I will tell you this: the man is a mega-fan. I have strong hopes for this.

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  • 50

    Interview: Nov 6th, 2010

    Brandon Sanderson

    One interesting tidbit overheard by Tower Guard members came when Brandon was asked about The Eye of the World movie. Apparently the script is being finalized now, so this is a lot closer to reality than a lot of us were aware.

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    Interview: Nov 7th, 2010

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    Harriet was also asked about movies/TV and said that Universal bought the rights for seven years, and two have gone by; she said “There is a twitch of life, like a frog twitching in your science lab.” The most recent information is that they have recently assigned two writers to the project.

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  • 52

    Interview: Jan 10th, 2011

    Matt Wakefield ()

    Are you aware of and are there any plans in the future to adapt WoT to film or television? Would you be involved in this process at all? And is this something you would be open to doing with your own work sometime in the future?

    Brandon Sanderson ()

    Red Eagle Entertainment currently has the rights to produce a Wheel of Time film, and I have met with them from time to time. But I'm not directly involved in the process; I'll leave movie making up to the experts. I talked a little about Wheel of Time movies here. I sold an Alcatraz movie option to DreamWorks Animation; they've finally passed on it, but a producer is shopping it around to other studios. I also sold a Mistborn movie option to Paloppa Pictures.

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  • 53

    Interview: Jun 4th, 2011

    Brandon Sanderson

    A few questions covered the Wheel of Time being turned into a movie. Universal have the rights to the turn the first book, The Eye of the World, into a film. One fan asked if Sanderson would like a cameo role in the film. Sanderson said he would love a role, even if he was getting eaten by a Trolloc. I hope Universal takes note of this!

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  • 54

    Interview: Aug 31st, 2011

    Reddit AMA 2011 (Verbatim)

    skylatron ()

    Is there any forward movement on a Wheel of Time movie, TV series, or video game?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Movie: No movement, if you're up to date on things I've said over the summer. Those things are thus. The books have been bought (not optioned) by Universal. They are planning on doing feature films, one per book. Many of us have suggested that television would be a better venue. (Perhaps Game of Thrones will persuade them.) I have met the studio exec and writer, but have been told I cannot release names. A script is done, but needs a lot of work.

    Video Games: Red eagle is working with Obsidian on video games. I have suggested a Knights of the Old Republic style RPG. I don't know yet if they will listen, though there are talks of doing an Age of Legends MMO, and of exploring various time periods in the world. No specific games have been announced or begun, I believe.

    kmolleja

    Do you know what kind of rating will be aimed for the movies? I would imagine a visual depiction of what happens in the books would almost require a R for violence, but that rating would cause a lot of people to stay home.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I strongly suspect, from what I've heard, that they would shoot for PG-13.

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  • 55

    Interview: Aug 4th, 2011

    Question

    I think I saw on Facebook that you are involved with a Mistborn movie and game. Can you tell us about that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ah, yes. The Mistborn movie and game. The movie rights were optioned to a production studio called Paloopa Pictures. We'll see what happens with that. I mean, they have a screenplay—if you don't know, getting a film made, there are a lot of ways that it happens; most of them seem kind of chaotic. One of the primary ways is a production company will option rights on something or option a screenplay. In my case, they optioned the rights, they write a screenplay, they do a big pitch, then they go to the studios. And the studios have to fund the thing. The production company would then become the producers on it, with the studios funding and make the film.

    That's why what'll happen, often you'll see a film that'll [have] these five production studios at the start. Those are the people who did that sort of thing. So that's where we are there.

    Sometimes you'll get lucky and a film will just get optioned by a studio directly. That doesn't happen as often. For instance, the Wheel of Time books got optioned to Red Eagle Entertainment, which is a production company. They did all of this, then went to Universal and got Universal to buy the rights and fund the movie... We have that. We also have some people with a video game that I can't announce yet, because I'm sure they want to announce it, but we had a nice offer on a video game that would be slated for around 2013. It will be cross-platform, so it would be on PC, Xbox, and PS3. I will probably be writing the story and the dialogue for it.

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    Interview: Aug 31st, 2011

    Reddit AMA 2011 (Verbatim)

    DanK23 ()

    Once you are finished with A Memory of Light, do you think there will be any prospect of making the series into a movie? I know there was talk of it a long time ago but nothing ever came of it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is still under option by Universal. (Do a search on this page for Universal to get a few more details. There aren't many to be had, unfortunately.)

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  • 57

    Interview: Aug 31st, 2011

    Reddit AMA 2011 (Verbatim)

    MattSteelblade ()

    Is The Eye of the World movie and a Wheel of Time video game, really, really happening? IMDB says 2013 for a movie and Red Eagle has been saying for a few years that a game is in development.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I can only give one 'really' on either one. They are in the works, but anything coming out of Hollywood gets hesitance from me until we get a greenlight. (And there hasn't been one on the film, despite the projected release date. 2013 is possible.)

    Video Games are more likely, but I haven't had any updates on those for a few months.

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  • 58

    Interview: Nov 19th, 2011

    Question

    Anything final on the prequels/sequels? This was answered to a guy right before me (with the unlikely mum:)).

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not really. Brandon doesn't want there to be any of these, but if written he wants to be the one who writes them. Instead, he is suggesting they do a movie on Tam.

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  • 59

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Tom Hobson (21 October 2011)

    Do you know if a WOT film or TV series is on the cards at all?

    Brandon Sanderson (21 October 2011)

    Possible. Universal Pictures has the rights, and I've visited and talked with them on several occasions.

    NATHAN STRAUSSER (25 OCTOBER)

    Been hearing some rumors/wishes on Wheel of Time movies, true? if so will it be done well?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    The rights have been sold. But, like anything in Hollywood, it could take a lot of time to get a film made.

    NATHAN STRAUSSER

    Who have they been sold to? And is anyone from Team Jordan supervising? So it doesn't turn out like Eragon did.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Universal has the rights. They've brought me in several times to consult. I'm sure Team Jordan will be involved.

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  • 60

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Mark Howard (14 November 2011)

    Has any recent progress been made on the WoT movie?

    Brandon Sanderson (14 November 2011)

    There was a script done this summer, but it went to revisions.

    ERIC PEARSON

    Do you see WoT making its way to a video format like A Song of Ice and Fire? Or did that show hurt its chances?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I hope that show increases the chances. But we shall see. It's not impossible, but a feature is more likely.

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    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    Signing Report (Spin-offs: movies and so forth)

    Robert Jordan

    Also (and I'm not sure if this is new to anyone) he told me that NBC has signed an option to make The Eye of the World into a mini-series (4-6 hours). He doesn't know if it will definitely go ahead or not.

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    Interview: 2001

    Thus Spake the Creator (Paraphrased)

    Signing Report (Spin-offs: movies and so forth)

    Robert Jordan

    Oh and he said he had signed a contract with NBC (i think) for a mini-series to be made of The Eye of the World. The guy who wrote the screen play for Merlin is writing it.

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  • 63

    Interview: Apr, 2001

    Robert Jordan

    There was a question about a movie, for which we got the story about the NBC options that had passed, but now, with the Lord of the Rings movies coming up, there might be renewed interest—the actual books would require a miniseries, but for example New Spring could turn into a movie. (In later sessions he didn't mention this again though).

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  • 64

    Interview: 2012

    Brandon Sanderson (13 December 2011)

    Just finished a scene in A Memory of Light that ranks among the most visually powerful I've ever done. I REALLY want to see this one in film form.

    Brandon Sanderson

    A lot of questions about the WoT film rights. Universal has the rights. Maybe I should have phrased my last tweet as...

    Brandon Sanderson

    "Dear Universal, please do a good job on the first WoT movie, because you really, REALLY need to get to book 14 and do this scene."

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don't know how far off the WoT film is. The screenwriters produced a new draft of the script a few weeks back. I have not read it.

    Selene O'Rourke

    I would love to see a Wheel of Time movie series or TV miniseries. Has anyone optioned that you can mention?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Universal has the rights. Not an option, but a full buy-out.

    Muaz Zekeria

    Just out of curiosity would you prefer WoT to be a film series or a TV series a la Game of Thrones? Also keep up the great work.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would prefer television.

    Killer Bob

    Do you know if the film is going to be super-long like the Lord of the Rings movies, split in parts like Harry Potter or something ...

    Killer Bob

    ...else? Also, thank you for finishing WoT! I really, really like the books you've written, they're excellent!

    Killer Bob

    By that I mean the WoT books. I like the other books too (especially Mistborn), but not as much as WoT.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Thanks for reading! The plan now is one film that covers Eye of the World, and will be somewhat long.

    Chase Emory

    I don't understand why you wouldn't be working integrally with the screenwriter, I hope they realize that this isn't a movie...

    Chase Emory

    ...that they can just pump out. They need to do an amazing job or not waste their time.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'm hoping they will let me comment on the screenplay, but so far, I've been kind of busy with A Memory of Light...

    Nate Rios

    I haven't read WOT but these A Memory of Light Tweets are making me want to check it out! I've not read any of Jordan's work. Thoughts?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I love the WoT, and have for many years. It is a long journey, however, so be warned.

    Christopher

    When is A Memory of Light out; I thought January, but I've heard its been put back?

    Shaun Duquette

    Gah,this is unacceptable!! You've already delayed this once!!

    Brandon Sanderson

    Not much I can do, I'm afraid. I'm turning it in on time; the date is being set by the publisher.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay, that scene is done. Now I have a few quick, one-shot viewpoints to do. People you may not expect.

    Josh Hlibichuk

    Do we get a Dark One PoV? Is that question an auto-RAFO?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO, of course. :)

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  • 65

    Interview: May 24th, 2004

    Chiara Codecà

    I’ve read that Red Eagle Entertainment LLC is interested in your work and has acquired the exclusive production rights to the first book of the The Wheel of Time series, The Eye of the World.

    Robert Jordan

    Red Eagle Entertainment has signed an option to create a feature film based on The Eye of the World. I hope that this will happen, but we’ll see.

    Chiara Codecà

    Will you be involved in the production?

    Robert Jordan

    To some extent. The contract I signed asked me to be a consultant but how much movie makers consult writers….well.

    Chiara Codecà

    Are you worried about what can become of your work?

    Robert Jordan

    Well, you always worry because once they get their hands on the book they can do almost anything they want with it. For all I know they could re-release Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-a-rama under the title of this book.

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    Interview: May 6th, 2004

    mko

    I asked Jordan: "Will Rand al'Thor sooner or later win the internal conflict that gripped him by the second book?"

    Robert Jordan

    On the American websites there is a term used in these cases: RAFO - read and find out.

    MKO

    I personally also asked if anyone has been interested in making a film inspired by his books, he replied that someone was interested in doing a film of The Eye of the World .... but for now there is still nothing concrete.

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    Interview: Jul, 2009

    joshuapatrao

    Can you offer us anything at all on the status of The Eye of the World movie?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I don’t have much time to keep an eye (no pun intended) on the movie too closely. The producer was at JordanCon, though, and I was put at ease somewhat by speaking with him. As far as I know, it’s still in preproduction an in the scriptwriting stage. When they have a script, I’ll ask if I can read it. Maria, RJ’s assistant, is in charge of that. I’ve got my hands full writing the books!

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    Interview: Dec 7th, 2000

    CNN Interview (Verbatim)

    Michele Dula Baum

    Like the merchandising maelstrom that surrounds the "Star Trek" franchise, "Star Wars" and Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings," there are now role-playing games and trading cards. A company called Museum Replicas is recreating weapons, belt buckles and some "Wheel of Time" clothing.

    Robert Jordan

    NBC bought an option to do a miniseries based on the first book, but Jordan said odds are against a television movie, at least for now.

    "I've been told the key people involved in getting that contract together have left NBC," he said. "That means it's highly unlikely the option will be exercised."

    He finds this amusing in light of an apparent resurgence in sword-and-sorcery epics. A "Lord of the Rings" film is now being made in New Zealand, and a "Dungeons and Dragons" movie is set to open December 8.

    Still, such things "are all peripheral, anyway," said Jordan. "The books are what's important to me."

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    Interview: Sep, 2000

    Tahir Velimeev

    And how are things going with film producers? Have they brought up the acquisition of rights for a film adaptation?

    Robert Jordan

    Several times interest in the possibility of adapting my books for film has come up. One television station even wanted to buy the rights to create the series, but I, frankly, took to their proposal with a fair amount of skepticism. Because the book is full of events, the series could get very long ... Basically all of these proposals have been the same and might as well be smoke in the wind. More likely there will be an animated film as by a Japanese studio. We will have to wait and see.

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    Interview: Sep, 2000

    The Faith Kamsha

    The theme of "Wars of the future", raised to the fifth congress of Russian fiction, has an eerie, but not completely unexpected development. Now we do not see skyscrapers crumble before our eyes in the catastrophe movies, but in documentaries, and they have created no mythical King Kong, but one that is at least biologically related to the form of Homo Sapiens. Unfortunately, the science fiction writers were much closer to the truth than those who should have been able anticipate and prevent such events, if it was at all possible to prevent. Included among these authors is Robert Jordan, the author of the extraordinarily popular book series "The Wheel of Time", which is also a TV series in Russia. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Robert Jordan, speaks on the mechanisms and specific nature of 21st Century warfare.

    In any case, Mr. Jordan's opinion about the past, present and future of the warfare seems to be very relevant and rather interesting.

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    Interview: Apr 21st, 2012

    Question

    What about movies or mini-series related to the Wheel of Time?

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    Harriet said that a contract had been signed giving Universal movie/mini-series rights for a seven-year period; that contract is due to expire soon. She said that a screen play of The Eye of the World had been written; Harriet had not read it, but she said she had heard from reliable sources (probably Jason Denzel) that it was horrible. She feels that it may be that the contract will expire before anything is ever produced; at that point, the rights would revert to Harriet.

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  • 72

    Interview: Apr 21st, 2012

    Question

    Is there any plan for a movie series—anything along that line—and if so, what is the progress on that, if any?

    Harriet McDougal

    The year after my husband's death, I signed a big, fat contract with Universal giving them the movie rights. They have the rights by contract to make a miniseries or movies of the Wheel of Time books, and they have seven years to get the first movie into theaters. And I've forgotten what the timing is on the miniseries. Somebody here in the room has seen a first draft of a movie script and said it is..."execrable" would perhaps be the correct word. Just no—no, no, no, no. I have not seen this, but the clock is ticking. I would...does anybody remember the Ralph Bakshi movie of Lord of the Rings?

    Audience

    Yeah...

    Harriet McDougal

    Yeah, was that the pits or what? Just awful. And it didn't kill the Lord of the Rings, because now there's the wonderful Jackson. It may be that this will happen with the Wheel of Time. I don't control it; I do have a little....if they sat down to make a triple-X movie out of The Eye of the World, I think I would be able to stop them legally. I don't have...I can't say "You have just really messed up this character." They would say, "Thank you, we've consulted you, now go away." It's pretty much how it works. The chances are that it may be shelved and never made at all under this contract; I get the rights back if they do that, after seven years...which is so peculiarly Biblical. (laughter) I think about the Pharaohs and the kine, and the lean kine and the fat kine, every time I say that. You know, why do they do that? They're obsessed with [permits?] maybe.

    So, chances are it will never be made—it will not be made under this contract. The next likely chance is that something awful will be made, and the third possibility is that they'll do it right and something wonderful will happen. I think it's about 50-50 that they're gonna shelve it. It's been very slow so far, and I don't think they'll make the deadline. But I hope they're all sitting out there going very broody about the Game of Thrones. They should be, little dollar signs flicking through their eyeballs like saa. (laughter) Because this would be bigger, if they did it right. It would be wonderful if they did it right, but there's no way to even expect that. The wisdom among writers and publishers is, "Oh, you're offered money for a movie? Take the money and run, and never, never go to see what they do with it." But of course I will. (laughter)

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    Interview: Apr 14th, 2012

    Phillip Carroll

    Firstly, I want to applaud you for taking on the actual task, and also, one of the things you mentioned, I think it was on one of your blogs, that you have no intention of doing any spin-offs or anything like that, and I think that's really really great. But with the very recent runaway success of the Game of Thrones series, do you foresee something like Wheel of Time becoming a television series?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Here's how we stand: Universal bought the rights to the Wheel of Time books. This has been a couple of years back now. It wasn't an option; as far as I know, it was a full buy-out, which means they sunk a lot of money into it. They have the future of the Wheel of Time in cinema in their hands unless they decide not to do anything with it, which they very well could decide. I have, from the beginning, said that I feel a television show would be the best way to faithfully adapt the Wheel of Time, and I've told that to them many times. That said, I do think it is possible to do a good Wheel of Time film. I wouldn't have thought that it was possible to do a good Lord of the Rings film, but someone did it. So it is possible, and I think that is still what, they're intending. I am kind of hoping that the runaway success of the Game of Thrones will persuade them that perhaps that would be a better way to do the Wheel of Time. What I actually pitched to them was not doing one season per book, but trying to do things like, you know, rather than doing one movie per book, do a season of a television show and condense like three books into it, which is still going to be a lot of condensing, but it becomes reasonable to then do a series of the whole book series if you do it that way, and that's still what I think would be the easiest. It doesn't mean it would be the best. They certainly...you could have someone just knock it out of the park and do an awesome job with a Wheel of Time film series. Alright, who's next?

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    Interview: Jan 4th, 2013

    Dave Golder

    With HBO having recently turned George RR Martin's A Song Of Fire And Ice into a hit TV series—Game of Thrones—do you think The Wheel Of Time would also be home on the small screen?

    Brandon Sanderson

    "I would dearly hope so, as I dream of seeing a great Wheel Of Time adaptation like that. Television is the perfect medium for these long form stories that we have in epic fantasy. There are certain differences but The Wheel Of Time and Game Of Thrones also have a lot in common and George RR Martin and Robert Jordan were good friends and contemporaries. The first A Song Of Fire And Ice book came out not long after The Wheel Of Time and Robert Jordan gave it a nice cover blurb. They're both really human stories set in a fantasy world and are more like historical dramas than adventure fiction, which is not what people expect when they read the genre. They're these great sweeping family dramas that just happen to take place in a world that doesn't exist."

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  • 75

    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Jared Sheehan (9 January 2013)

    Thank you @BrandSanderson for completing the Wheel of Time. Can we expect to see a movie anytime soon??? PLEASEEEEE!

    Brandon Sanderson (9 January 2013)

    Universal pictures has a film in development.

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  • 76

    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Austen Woods (9 January 2013)

    In your FAQ you mentioned no more WoT books. Does this decision negate any chance of movies/TV shows/mini series?

    Brandon Sanderson (9 January 2013)

    No it does not. (I am hoping for a prequel video game, myself.)

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  • 77

    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Can (13 January 2013)

    Which scene was the most visualized one that you wanted to see in the movie? Demandred-Taim?

    Brandon Sanderson (13 January 2013)

    Lan with arrows falling and a ring of fire.

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  • 78

    Interview: Jan 11th, 2013

    Question

    Are there any updates to a potential TV series or movie?

    Harriet McDougal

    "It is, at present, under development at Universal Pictures, but the dates are mysterious to me."

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    Interview: Jan 8th, 2013

    Question ()

    Movie?

    Harriet McDougal

    Universal has the rights and has had them for more than 5 years.

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  • 80

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2013

    Chris Capelin

    My name is Chris Capelin, from Los Angeles. I had a question for Harriet. It's for me, and for my really good friend Andrew who is without a doubt the biggest Wheel of Time fan in this room. [boos, jeers] Really, really. You're wrong; you're all wrong!

    But the question is, if money wasn't an issue, and you had any budget that you wanted, what in your opinion would be the best way to put the Wheel of Time on the screen?

    Harriet McDougal

    Well, I think that it's so big, and so rich, that its most wonderful appearance on film would be as a television series. [cheers, applause] It really would.

    Chris Capelin

    Then I'm personally pleading with you to never let it be made into movies, because that'll absolutely ruin it.

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  • 81

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2013

    Jeremy Wunders

    Hi, I'm Jeremy Wunders from Las Vegas, Nevada. So, a while back ago, Wizards of the Coast produced a roleplaying game for the Wheel of Time, and although not the best translation of the world, it was a really good effort nonetheless, and it brought the fans together to create a lot of great material, and when that kind of faded off and sputtered into nothingness, some of us have been rabidly waiting for this last book in hopes that it'd open another door for another tabletop RPG. Is there anything of that nature in the works?

    Harriet McDougal

    No. And also, I should say that the film rights to the Wheel of Time are at present being developed at Universal, and not—I'm sorry to say—as a series, but it's another medium, and what—que sera, que sera, as Doris Day and Alfred Hitchcock taught us all those years ago.

    Jeremy Wunders

    Thank you very much.

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  • 82

    Interview: Jun 3rd, 2011

    Helen O'Hara

    So, since we usually only interview filmmakers, is there any big-screen news to share?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I wish I had more film news. The Mistborn trilogy's been optioned, and I really like the producers and they have a screenplay, but that's the big step, you know, going from producers with a screenplay to getting a studio. Wheel Of Time has also been bought, not optioned, by Universal Pictures, so they're in the screenwriting stage right now.

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  • 83

    Interview: Jun 3rd, 2011

    Helen O'Hara

    Wheel of Time for me feels like an example of something that absolutely shouldn't be made into a film, it's so sprawling.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I think it's do-able, but boy it's going to be tough! I do envy George RR Martin with HBO. I think that's a perfect medium for the story that he told.

    Helen O'Hara

    The response to that has been fantastic; do you see that helping to make fantasy a bit more mainstream? In the same way that the Lord of the Rings films or even Harry Potter books were a sort of gateway drug to the genre, do you think A Game Of Thrones will have the same effect?

    Brandon Sanderson

    As an outsider to the film industry, I find it very interesting that they seem to focus on what's hot right now rather than what's well done. The thing about A Game Of Thrones is that it's an exceptional story, done really well, which is what happened with the Lord Of The Rings films as well. Those came out, and everyone said, "Oh, fantasy is hot". And fantasy, well, it's been opened up, but it's more that really great stories told really well are hot and always will be. It was really disappointing to me to see them snatch up a bunch of fantasy rights and make films out of them that didn't really work, because fantasy was hot.

    The Golden Compass film was heartbreaking, because my perspective on that is that they actually got fantastic casting, the visuals were beautiful and they tried really hard to stay close to the story. I think what happened there was that they didn't adapt it enough, they were too faithful and filmed it almost scene-by-scene. They were too attached to the source material. I talked to the Mistborn producers and we all agree that it needs to be more heavily adapted. It's a different medium. If you can keep the soul of the story but change the story that's what you want to do. If I can armchair it, the Harry Potter films where they were forced to adapt more strongly are the best. The third one is beautiful.

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    Interview: Apr, 2003

    Galgóczi Móni

    I have read stories about bringing these books to the big screen. Do you write the script?

    Robert Jordan

    No, because it's not my thing. Though they bought the option for the books several years ago and we talked about films, TV and mini-series as well, so far nothing has come of it. Otherwise, the Dragonmount.com website has now started to produce an animated movie from the first volume of the series, The Eye of the World.

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  • 85

    Interview: Feb 8th, 2013

    DJ Stipe

    Harriet arrived shortly and Thom got the distinct honor of offering his arm to escort her inside. Once inside, he quickly got lost and Harriet was kind enough to point out the way to go ("that door, the one that says 'Employee's only?'"). She was still kinder to make a point to mention that she'd been inside many book stores in her time.

    Once in the back she joined Brandon signing some book stock and the Memory Keepers were called in to spend some time, ask questions and get signatures. They were both very gracious with the little amount of time they had and we were joined by Jason and his writing group, so many were able to get Jason's signature on Towers of Midnight and A Memory of Light. There were a couple of those present who hadn't read the book, so we kept it spoiler-free. Brandon mentioned during this time that the pacing of the final book was the most difficult part to get right and was behind most of the revision work. He said he wrote the POVs separately for the first part of the book but as the pacing picked up he had to abandon that approach. Harriet was asked about the movie/series with NBC Universal and said it is a movie that's in development, not a series, but she hasn't been involved. They retain the right to consult with her, which means they could ask her out to consult and subsequently ignore whatever she says (paraphrased). Brandon was also asked if he knew how Stormlight would end, which he said he did, that he hadn't written it yet but he knew how it would end. When asked he said he had about a page outline for each of the books after four, that he adds and modifies them as events in the first books get fleshed out.

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    Interview: Feb 11th, 2013

    Question

    Is any more stuff planned from the Wheel of Time universe?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, excellent question. I should have put this during the frequently asked ones at the beginning. Are there any more plans to do anything else with the Wheel of Time universe?

    Harriet McDougal

    No, there are not. The encyclopedia was put under contract in my husband's lifetime. He did enter into a contract for a trilogy of novels that are not part of the series but set in the world. He left either one or two sentences about that trilogy, which is not enough for anyone to work with so that it would very much still be his. He also said that—in the trade, it's called sharecropping in somebody's universe—and he said if anybody tries to sharecrop in my universe, I'll take out the hard disk, and I'll rent a semi—or a big rig, you might say, since his name was Rigney—and I will drive it backwards and forwards over the hard drive three or four times to be sure that no one will be able to do it. He really didn't want it done. And since he made it clear in his last months and weeks that he really did want the series finished, you have the end of the series, but there won't be any more done in the Wheel of Time world. [applause]

    Brandon Sanderson

    Along those lines, though, I will mention—people ask a lot—the film rights are held by Universal Pictures, and they're working toward feature films, one film per book. We don't know how far along they are. They have a second draft of a screenplay, which I have not seen. They're on a second draft.

    Harriet McDougal

    And I haven't either.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, and Harriet hasn't either. There is one other little tidbit—there's an anthology coming out called Unfettered. It's a charity anthology for a member of our community, in the science fiction and fantasy community, who had huge medical bills. And in order to help pay those off, we donated a deleted sequence from A Memory of Light. It's something that was written, but we decided for pacing reasons did not fit in the book. And so we donated that to Unfettered and so you can read that to see something behind the scenes. I will admit it's much more me than Robert Jordan, but it is something that we cut from A Memory of Light, just it didn't fit, pacing-wise, in the book.

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  • 87

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2013

    Question

    Will there ever be a WoT TV series?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The rights are owned by Universal Pictures and they are developing an Eye of the World feature film.

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    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Harriet McDougal

    We are often asked about the movie rights. Universal is working on a script. I have not seen it.

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    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Question

    Who is writing the movie script for Eye of the World?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's being written in house at Universal.

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    Interview: Apr 15th, 2013

    Reddit AMA 2013 (Verbatim)

    Irrell ()

    Given how George R.R. Martin got Game of Thrones to come out on a TV format, if you had to choose one of your series to receive a similar exposure to television, which would you choose and why?

    (For fanboy's sake I'll also include the option for Wheel of Time, R.I.P. Robert Jordan)

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would most certainly pick the Wheel of Time. I've been very straightforward with Universal in stating my preference that WoT be adapted for television, as opposed to the big screen. Both could be awesome, but I think the long form of a season would be better for the books.

    After WoT, I'd pick Legion, which I envisioned as a show even as I wrote it.

    Zdus

    I see having the WOT becoming a series would be awesome if it is taken care of, for example the The song of Fire and Ice series on HBO. It would be unfair to Robert Jordan if it turns out like The Sword of Truth series did in the form of Legend of the Seeker.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, that's the danger with the TV series route. I certainly wouldn't want to see that happen.

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    Interview: Feb 13th, 2013

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, we'll do these two last questions, and then I'll talk a little bit more about books that we have for sale, and then we will bid you farewell.

    Question

    Okay. I'll be quick. Just first, thanks both of you all again. This has been an amazing adventure. The other question is: So, is there any chance, or is the door open for the Wheel of Time story to be told in other forms of media, so like movie or television some time in the future?

    Harriet McDougal

    The motion picture rights have been sold to Universal, and they are working on development of The Eye of the World as a first movie. I am told that they're working on a second draft of the script. I haven't seen word one.

    Question

    Awesome. Thank you.

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    Interview: Aug 23rd, 2014

    Harriet McDougal (paraphrased)

    The movie/TV rights situation is beginning to become clearer. Red Eagle sold the film rights on to Universal and it now looks like the rights could return to the Jordan Estate at some point. There is apparently interest from other companies in the rights given the success of other fantasy projects on TV and in film at the moment.

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