It looks like “The Wheel of Time” TV adaptation is finally moving forward.
Harriet McDougal, the widow of the novel series’ author Robert Jordan, has announced that a “major studio” will be bringing the project to the small screen.
“Wanted to share with you exciting news about ‘The Wheel of Time,’” McDougal wrote on Google+. “Legal issues have been resolved. ‘The Wheel of Time’ will become a cutting edge TV series! I couldn’t be more pleased. Look for the official announcement coming soon from a major studio.”
“The Wheel of Time” is a series of 14 novels that began with “The Eye of the Universe” in 1990 and concluded with “A Memory of Light,” which was finished by Brandon Sanderson following Jordan’s death in 2007.
The series follows the quest to locate the Dragon Reborn who will help unite the forces of good to stop the rise of The Dark One.
There has been talk of a film or a TV adaptation of the series going back to 2000, but the projects always ended up languishing in development.
The series did make it to air once – -albeit briefly. FXX aired a pilot episode titled “Winter’s Dragon” back in early 2015. But they did so without any publicity or build up and the project faded into obscurity.
It appears as though the pilot was made in an effort to keep the rights from reverting to another party, much like the now mythical “Fantastic Four” movie from 1994.