If The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s total Emmy Award domination proves anything to Amazon, it’s that viewers are loving strong female-led stories. The streaming network clearly took note as it has just ordered an adaption of the popular Robert Jordan fantasy novels The Wheel of Time to series, which puts women on the front lines as all magical powers are only bestowed onto them.
Here is the official project synopsis:
[row]The Wheel of Time is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists, but only women can use it. Meaning that in this series — women hold the keys to power. The story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the ‘Aes Sedai’ as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women. Moiraine’s interested in these five because she believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it. The series draws on numerous elements of European and Asian culture and philosophy, most notably the cyclical nature of time found in Buddhism and Hinduism.[/row]
Aside from the synopsis, there is no word yet as to how many episodes Amazon ordered and when they are expected to premiere, but Amazon is certainly excited about the venture of bringing the 14 novel series to life.
[row]“The Wheel of Time is endlessly fascinating and resonates hugely with fans as one of the best-selling global properties, and we were drawn to its timely narrative featuring powerful women at the core. We’re thrilled to extend our relationship with devotees who’ve found the book series transformative and welcome new ones by bringing it to life on Prime Video for viewers worldwide,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. [/row]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Chuck writer Rafe Judkins will serve as both showrunner and executive producer for The Wheel of Time.
[row]“For so many people, including me, this book series has served as a world to escape to, to lose yourself in, to devour and inhabit completely, and I couldn’t be more honored to be the one finally bringing that world to life on screen, for old fans to lose themselves in all over again and new fans to discover for the very first time,” he said in a statement.[/row]
Jordan published his first Wheel of Time novel, The Eye of the World, way back in 1990 and continued the series for 10 more novels until his death in 2007. After his passing, fellow fantasy author Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the series’ final novels with the last installment, A Memory of Light, being published in 2013.
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