The Wheel of Time TV show
The Wheel of Time TV show from Amazon Studios 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.
What We Know So Far
As of March 13, 2020, the show is currently On Hold due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
No release date has been announced. It's currently unknown how the pandemic will impact the release date.
The show is being produced primarily in Prague (Czech Republic), Croatia, and Slovenia. Denmark and Bali are also possible or future locations.
Principal photography 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 coronavirus pandemic delayed that timeline.
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.
A release date has not been announced. (But expect it in late 2020- or early 2021...see below)
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 1-hour in length.
Seasons 1 and and 2 will each have 8 episodes. View the list here.
At the time of the production's shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, 6 of the 8 episodes for season 1 had been filmed.
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. No confirmation yet if the season has been officially green-lit.
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.
David Buckley will compose the musical soundtrack for the show.
What We're Spectulating or Hearing...
The show could premiere sometime as early as late-2020, but far more likely sometime in 2021.
It will be a long film shoot requiring a large amount of visual FX.
The entire first season will likely come out at the same time.
We expect season 1 will primarily focus on the events from book 1: The Eye of the World.