The Wheel of Time follows Moiraine Damodred, a member of the powerful, all-woman organization called the Aes Sedai, who goes on a journey across the world with five young people, one of whom she believes might be the reincarnation of a person prophesied to save or destroy humanity.
- Rosamund Pike as Moiraine Damodred
- Daniel Henney as Lan Mandragoran
- Zoë Robins as Nynaeve al'Meara
- Madeleine Madden as Egwene al'Vere
- Josha Stradowski as Rand al'Thor
- Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara
- Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon (Season 1)
- Dónal Finn as Mat Cauthon (Season 2 onwards)
For additional cast members, see Season 1#Cast.
|Season||Episodes||Premiere episode||Premiere date||Finale episode||Finale date|
|Season 1||8||Leavetaking||19 Nov 2021||The Eye of the World||24 Dec 2021|
|Season 2||8||A Taste of Solitude||tba||tba||tba|
In 2000, Robert Jordan sold a TV rights option to NBC. NBC planned to adapt the books as a network TV series spanning several seasons. However, interest in the project dried up after the writers involved departed from NBC. The rights subsequently returned to Robert Jordan.
Shortly after this, a Japanese animation studio contacted Jordan and proposed an anime series based on the first three books. However, they only wanted to adapt those books and not the complete series. Jordan was not interested in this adaptation and talks stalled before any formal deal could be discussed.
In 2004, Robert Jordan sold the TV, film, video game, and comic book rights to Red Eagle Entertainment, a rights-handling company set up to develop multimedia projects based on the novels. This deal was worth approximately $640,000 and was due to last for eleven years, unless a long-running TV series or movie franchise was in production by that time.
In 2008, Red Eagle re-sold the film rights to Universal Pictures for a "seven-figure sum". Universal developed a film script based on The Eye of the World. However, Universal decided not to proceed with the adaptation and the rights returned to Red Eagle.
In 2014, Sony Television developed an interest in the property as an ongoing, big-budget TV series. They discussed the project with Red Eagle and with Harriet McDougal, Robert Jordan's widow, editor and literary heir and executor.
In 2015, the TV and film rights were due to revert to the Robert Jordan Estate (the Bandersnatch Group) on February 11. In order to retain rights, Red Eagle self-produced a 22-minute short film titled Winter Dragon based on the prologue to The Eye of the World, starring Billy Zane and Max Ryan, and paid to have it broadcast on the FXX Network in the United States during an infomercial timeslot on February 8, 2015. Red Eagle argued that this constituted getting a TV or film series into production and thus they should retain the rights. Legal discussions followed to clarify the situation.
On April 28, 2016, the Robert Jordan Estate issued a statement confirming that the legal discussions had been resolved satisfactorily and that a TV adaptation of The Wheel of Time was being developed with a "major studio".
Move to Amazon Studios
On October 2, 2018, it was confirmed that Amazon had given the greenlight for the series to begin production, with Rafe Judkins serving as showrunner. Filming for season 1 began in September 2019.
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