TV Show OverviewThe Wheel of Time TV show from Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures is an adaptation of Robert Jordan's 15-book epic fantasy masterpiece of the same name. The first book in the series was originally published in 1990 and has remained in print continuously since that time. Robert Jordan passed away in 2007 after completing 12 of the 15 books in the series. Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson completed the series based on Jordan's notes, and under the supervision of Harriet McDougal, Jordan's wife and editor.
When completed, The Wheel of Time will air on Amazon Prime Video. The show runner and executive producer is Rafe Judkins.
What We Know So Far
A release date has not yet been announced.
Production on Season 1 is wrapped. The show is expected to air in late 2021 or early 2022.
Season 2 has been greenlit and is currently in production.
The show is being produced primarily in Prague (Czech Republic), Croatia, and Slovenia. Denmark and Bali are also possible or future locations.
Principal photography for Season 1 began September 16, 2019. (The 12-year anniversary of Robert Jordan's passing. See this short tribute video posted by Rafe Judkins & the official WoT on Prime twitter account)
Filming was originally expected to go until May, 2020; an unusually long production schedule, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed that timeline. (see below)
Rosamund Pike has been cast in a lead role as Moiraine. She will also be credited as one of the show's producers.
The "big 5" characters from the Two Rivers (Rand, Egwene, Mat, Perrin, Nynaeve) have been cast.
Daniel Henney has been cast as Lan Mandragoran.
It's being produced by Amazon Studios.
Rafe Judkins is the showrunner. (Twitter account)
Sony Pictures, Radar Pictures, and Red Eagle Entertainment are all involved in the production of the show.
Casting for the show is being done by casting director Kelly Valentine Hendry.
Each episode will be approximately 1-hour in length.
Seasons 1 and and 2 will each have 8 episodes. View the episode list here.
Brandon Sanderson read the season 1 scripts and says they are very well done.
Rafe Judkins teased the Season 2 writer's room in November 2019. (A second season has been officially greenlit, announced in May 2021.)
Four different directors will each helm 2 episodes of season 1. Uta Briesewitz, Wayne Yip, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, and Ciaran Donnelly. Read more about them here.
COVID-19 Impact on Production On March 13, 2020, production on the show was temporarily shut down due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The first 6 episodes were completely filmed when the pandemic shut production down. The final two episodes of the season were later filmed in 2021.