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Southpaw2012 04-28-2016 04:19 PM

TV series
 
The Wheel of Time is coming to television. Don't know how to feel about this...


https://plus.google.com/103674399065...ts/2ZHjeMMz7Q8

Kimon 04-28-2016 04:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Southpaw2012 (Post 237408)
The Wheel of Time is coming to television. Don't know how to feel about this...


https://plus.google.com/103674399065...ts/2ZHjeMMz7Q8

Your link at present is to an image of RJ in Rouen, looking at a statue of Jeanne d'Arc. No mention of a tv series.

Southpaw2012 04-28-2016 04:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Kimon (Post 237410)
Your link at present is to an image of RJ in Rouen, looking at a statue of Jeanne d'Arc. No mention of a tv series.

You must have a google+ account and follow the official RJ WoT account to see it. Here is what it says:



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 

Kimon 04-28-2016 04:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Southpaw2012 (Post 237411)
You must have a google+ account and follow the official RJ WoT account to see it. Here is what it says:



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 

Okay. Not much to go on if that's all that they have released so far. WoT unfortunately seems the sort of source material that would be far easier to massively screw up, than to adapt into something worthy. I still think the safest format would be anime.

fionwe1987 04-28-2016 05:14 PM

I still could be animation. Animated TV series are a growing thing, so this could be one. The use of the phrase "cutting edge" to describe it is weird, and may indicate this.

That said, most likely this will be live action, and massively truncated form of the story we know. But still, there are reasons to be excited. For one, it will have the most extensive female cast for a TV show ever. And hopefully, whoever is at the helm will pick up the good and tamp down on the not so good aspects of the female cast of the series.

If it has positive things going for it, I'm happy to see a reimagining of the WoT story for TV. Maybe think of it as an alternate turning of the Wheel, where the Pattern of the story is broadly the same, but less constrained by hewing exactly to the books.

Khoram 04-28-2016 08:50 PM

I am cautiously optimistic. I'm REALLY hoping they (whoever "they" are) do it justice.

As long as it isn't like that god-awful pilot, then I'll be okay. I think.

Terez 04-28-2016 10:12 PM

I'm starting to think someone paid REE to set the bar ridiculously low.

rand 04-28-2016 11:07 PM

Well, let's hope they do a decent job. If they're smart they'll take a cue from GoT and the attention to detail on that. It will still be interesting even if it sucks, just to see WoT on screen.

Isabel 04-28-2016 11:17 PM

I also hope for the best:D it will be hard to make us all happy.

Terez 04-28-2016 11:39 PM

More like impossible.

Apparently Jason and his crew are going to be involved somehow; Jason might have managed to get himself hired as producer. If they're supposed to be quiet about this on social media, they're not doing a very good job of it.

Frenzy 04-29-2016 02:38 AM

i'm concerned, tbh. How will WoT live in a broadcast world that will compare it to GoT? There isn't anywhere near enough tits and gore to keep the ratings up where they need to be to keep viewership high enough to keep production funded.

Terez 04-29-2016 02:42 AM

1. Not being on HBO is a good start.
2. The WoT/RJ references in ASOIAF are also helpful.
3. The fanbase is huge, with millions already having read the books.
4. The goretits attract a certain demographic; the subtler approach of WoT attracts another, perhaps comparably large demographic. Easy to forget that when, like many genre fans, you could go either way.

GonzoTheGreat 04-29-2016 03:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Frenzy (Post 237428)
i'm concerned, tbh. How will WoT live in a broadcast world that will compare it to GoT? There isn't anywhere near enough tits and gore to keep the ratings up where they need to be to keep viewership high enough to keep production funded.

I suspect that a bit of focus on the BA and some DF groups could provide this kind of thing easily. Maybe the Aiel (with their conferences in sweat tents) could be brought in earlier in the series too, to provide some variety. Then there's the Sea Folk, of course ...

Mort 04-29-2016 03:58 AM

If let's say the show would be on HBO/Showtime/Whatever, nippleslips can easily be added if that is what they need.

My main caveat against live action is that there are too many threads and too many books to practically make it into a series. How would you be able to get 20+ something characters, at least, to sign up for a 14 season deal? You want to be able to actually finish the thing if you start it.

If cutting is needed, what should be cut you think? Whole threads, parts of the story? A storytelling technique that cuts down the fluff around everything?

fionwe1987 04-29-2016 06:36 AM

There is no way this will be 14 seasons. They will truncate the story massively. Expect it to be about the finding of Rand and friends and their eventual fight with the DO, but with many characters condensed down, and the same with storylines.

The bigger problem with staying true to the books is the minor characters. If you want some of these characters to appear for a bit in one season, not show up in the next few, then come back again where they're pretty much going to be in most episodes... Those aren't going to be easy contracts to write.

ShadowbaneX 04-29-2016 06:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Frenzy (Post 237428)
i'm concerned, tbh. How will WoT live in a broadcast world that will compare it to GoT? There isn't anywhere near enough tits and gore to keep the ratings up where they need to be to keep viewership high enough to keep production funded.

Shannara got renewed.

JOS 04-29-2016 12:25 PM

Harriet is excited! For now, that is enough for me. :D

Terez 04-29-2016 01:52 PM

Well, she just got a load of cash, so I wouldn't read too much into that. :D

Southpaw2012 04-29-2016 03:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Terez (Post 237436)
Well, she just got a load of cash, so I wouldn't read too much into that. :D

I'm sure she has plenty of that, so hopefully she used better judgment with this deal than with Red Eagle. It'd be sad to see The Wheel of Time crash and burn on tv.

fionwe1987 04-29-2016 03:21 PM

Per Werthead from westeros, apparently an 8 figure sum changed hands. Pretty impressive, and that immediately eliminates a lot of smaller studios. Also, you don't option a property for that much unless you have a roadmap to production, so all the signs are encouraging.


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