Is the next “Game of Thrones” imminent? That’s certainly what Amazon Studios is hoping.
On Thursday, Amazon Prime Video released the first poster for “Wheel of Time,” the highly anticipated upcoming adaptation of the best-selling fantasy book series. Author Robert Jordan’s book series spans 14 novels, so there’s plenty of source material to mine, and fans are no doubt eager to see how this adaptation stacks up when the first three episodes premiere on Amazon Prime Video on Nov. 19.
“The Wheel of Time” takes place in a fantasy world in which magic exists, but only certain women are allowed to access it. Rosamund Pike stars as Moiraine, a member of the powerful all-female organization known as the Aes Sedai. When the series begins, she arrives in the town of Two Rivers and embarks on a journey with five companions, one of whom is prophesized to either save or destroy humanity.
Robert Jordan passed away in 2007 before completing his epic saga, but fellow fantasy author Brandon Sanderson picked up the baton and concluded the journey with the final three books in the series. So in contrast to something like “Game of Thrones,” the source material for “The Wheel of Time” has a definite endpoint. Indeed, Amazon has already renewed the show for a second season.
This poster, which you can see at the bottom of this post, shows off the main cast along with some iconography that fans of the book series will certainly recognize.
“The Wheel of Time” was adapted for television by executive producer/showrunner Rafe Judkins. Larry Mondragon and Rick Selvage of iwot productions, Mike Weber and Ted Field of Radar Pictures, Darren Lemke, Marigo Kehoe and Uta will also serve as executive producers, with Briesewitz directing the first two episodes. Rosamund Pike serves as producer and Harriet McDougal and Brandon Sanderson are consulting producers. “The Wheel of Time” is co-produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television.
The first three episodes of the show premiere exclusively on Amazon on Nov. 19, with new episodes releasing weekly one at a time after that, leading up to the season finale on Dec. 24.