Wheel of Time lands with Sony

Discussion in 'Fantasy' started by Davis Ashura, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. Davis Ashura

    Davis Ashura Got in a fistfight with Dresden

    Can't tell you how absolutely geeked out I am about this! I'm old enough to have read Eye of the World when it was first released. I'm also praying that it doesn't suck. Some of the people attached to the project, I don't know much about and some I do, and didn't like their work. So please don't suck.
    http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/wheel-of-time-tv-series-sony-1202390897/
     
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  2. TomTB

    TomTB The Master Tweeter Staff Member

    "There are 14 novels in total, beginning with “The Eye of the Universe” in 1990"

    Close enough, I guess ...
     
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  3. TomTB

    TomTB The Master Tweeter Staff Member

    I'm with you though .. excited for a suitably budgeted good quality and well thought out adaptation .. not excited for anything less.
     
  4. Silvion Night

    Silvion Night Sir Readalot Staff Member

    Awesome!!! I'm really excited for this. I remember the pilot that was released some years ago with the sole purpose of retaining the rights to air a tv-series. It was horrendous. It's great that they are now finally picking it up again.
     
  5. afa

    afa Journeyed there and back again

    Hehe. It seems they have since corrected this, but that's funny.

    Let's hope the series is decent enough. Personally, I'm keeping my expectations in check. Game of Thrones was one thing, since you could almost translate each book into a season (with some changes here and there) and still have it be manageable. But WoT is 14 books.

    Since there's no way they're going to plan for a 14 season series, that means some heavy duty editing of the source material.

    (Actually, now that I think about it, heavy duty editing might just be what the series needs...) Okay, scratch that. I'm excited.
     
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  6. Davis Ashura

    Davis Ashura Got in a fistfight with Dresden

    Imagine if books 7-10 were cut down into one season (wish it had also been one novel), and the final 'trilogy' where it eventually becomes non-stop action could be limited to one season as well.
     
  7. afa

    afa Journeyed there and back again

    7-10 I agree (or was it 6-9?) but I think combining the 11-14 into one season will end up feeling rushed.

    They can probably condense the first, say, 6 books into about 4-5 seasons (i.e. keep the majority but cut down some of the fluff), then 7-10 can be one season, and 11-14 can be, maybe, about two seasons. That makes it about 7-8 seasons total, which seems doable.
     
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  8. TomTB

    TomTB The Master Tweeter Staff Member

    Didn't we discuss recently who we'd like to see playing various characters from WoT, if it were to be adapted to screen?

    If some of my choices become reality, my excitement levels will burst through the roof!
     
  9. afa

    afa Journeyed there and back again

    Personally, I would prefer relative unknowns in the role. As long as the actors do a good job of portraying the characters, I'd rather not be distracted by thoughts of, "that's Scarlett Johansson playing Aviendha."

    Look at Game of Thrones - apart from Sean Bean as Ned Stark, and Lena Headey as Cersei, I don't think I was familiar with any of the actors playing the major characters.
     
  10. ExTended

    ExTended Hired Nicomo Cosca, famed soldier of fortune

    I've had my heart broken more times by failed video game, movie and tv series productions of favorite fantasy books, than by teenage loves and loved sweethearts.

    That being said though, as with the sweethearts, I never learned better... :D

    I'd always be bitter about the show not being made earlier, so that Natalie Portman could play Tuon( I know she is supposed to have darker skin, but I'd be more than willing to waive it off in this one case).

    But I agree with the opinion above - unknown actors would probably be for the best. Better for the budget to go toward some special effects instead for keeping Sean Bean for 8 seasons - Game of Thrones were very prudent in that regard.
     
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  11. TomTB

    TomTB The Master Tweeter Staff Member

    This NEEDS to happen!!!!
     
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  12. Bierschneeman

    Bierschneeman Journeyed there and back again

    Nooooo.... Now I have to read the whole thing before it comes out...(never read it)
    There goes my reading schedule
     
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  13. Bierschneeman

    Bierschneeman Journeyed there and back again

    Before news:
    Read this and that, and everything else...about 2-5 books a month. Some history, some politics, some fantasy, mystery, s cifi, mythology, classics, published diaries, and biographies

    After news:
    Reading wheel of time for next 1-2 years.
     
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  14. ExTended

    ExTended Hired Nicomo Cosca, famed soldier of fortune

    It's as if you are complaining for winning the lottery... :)
     
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  15. Khartun

    Khartun Journeyed there and back again

    I've only read the first three. I'll have to jump on that wagon as well.
     
  16. Darwin

    Darwin Journeyed there and back again

    I think the weaker books will play better on the screen than on the page. No need to skip anything. And losing anything from 11-14 is crazy; most of the best parts of the series (imo) happen in these 4 book.

    My only casting angst is over mat and tuon.
     
  17. Darwin

    Darwin Journeyed there and back again

    Also, we're not getting Scarlett Johansson for an endless tv series ...
     
  18. TomTB

    TomTB The Master Tweeter Staff Member

    Boo!
     
  19. Matticus Primal

    Matticus Primal Journeyed there and back again

    The writer/ exec producer was also a writer on Agents of Shield (2nd season), Hemlock Grove (first season), Chuck (fifth season), and was even a writers assistant way back on the 4400. So he's got some serious nerd credentials at least.
     
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  20. Peat

    Peat Journeyed there and back again

    Just as long as they don't get confused and start calling it The Eye of the Tiger.
     
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