The Wheel Of Time Green Lighted By Amazon Prime
Looks like Amazon has really become serious about its programming lineup. After creative masterpieces like Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Homecoming, a new series based on Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy novel ‘The Wheel of Time’ is under works. The streamer confirmed on Tuesday that it had ordered the one-hour action fantasy to series, with Sony Pictures TV co-producing and Rafe Judkins (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), who adapted the books for TV, serving as showrunner. The Wheel of Time follows ‘Lord Of The Rings’ as the second best selling fantasy novel, which has so far monetized 90 million copies worldwide. Coincidentally, there are also plans to adapt Lord of The Rings into a live-action series on the same streaming service. It appears that something about classic fantasies has fascinated Amazon on a major level.
A Show about Powerful Women
It can be safely assumed that this show would be Amazon’s answer to Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. In this female-centric supernatural saga, only women are capable of using magical powers. Now, of course, the women of Gilead don’t possess any out of the world strengths, but their determination and courage themselves are heavenly. The story will from the Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization the Aes Sedai, as she embarks on a perilous journey with five young men and women. Several prophecies suggest that one of the members in the group is a reincarnation of a very powerful being, which is capable of making or breaking humanity. There will be hence real-time struggles, mysteries, cabbalistic battles, and mystical journeys. With a strong feminist tone, this show is bound to make a mark.
Religion is a Tangible Reality
The show will not just be about women and women empowerment. There is a lot of mythology and culture to talk about as the show interconnects European and Asian beliefs. It will also deal largely with the numerous cyclical notions mentioned in Buddhist and Hindu scriptures. The ‘grow over your differences’ will be essential in storytelling. To be more precise, the show will take on social woes of this era with archived occult tales. This is not going to be yet another presentation out of the secular blues. In fact, much unlike the shows of today, the show will examine religion and ethics in a greater light. Fantasies and Horrors on American Television, if ever, resort to taking parabolic cues they don’t go much from depicting twisted crosses or possessed Nuns. The Wheel of Time will surely change the scenario by acknowledging the religious diversity across the globe.
Meet the Crew
Judkins serves as showrunner and executive producer, alongside Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon of Red Eagle Entertainment, Ted Field and Mike Weber of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle producer Radar Pictures and Shrek Forever After producer Darren Lemke. Robert Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal is a consulting producer.
Amazon’s Salke said “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.”
The Next Magnus Opus
It is a novel adaptation, it has dragons, and it’s about women. Does this click something familiar to you? Well yes, this can be the next or the first- Games of Thrones meets The Handmaid’s Tale. Ruthless politics, honor battles, power struggles, deception and treachery all get queenly with The Wheel of Time. The characters, which are essentially countless, are all larger than life. They are majestic and glamorous, and will most likely resonate a like effect. While it is too early to comment on whether who would take the mantle from characters that have never escaped the 2-D fiction world before, it is visible that the actors will be able to make it big with their portrayals.