What we could really use in our world right now is women wielding magic. Since we can’t get that in our current reality, thankfully we will be getting it on the small screen. Amazon Studios has ordered the epic fantasy classic The Wheel of Time to series.
Set in a sprawling world where magic exists but can only be used by women, the story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization the Aes Sedai, as she embarks on a dangerous journey with five young men and women. Moiraine’s interest in these five lies in the fact that she believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual who prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it.
The Wheel of Time is an immensely popular fantasy novel series from Robert Jordan that spans 14 main books. The last three were completed with the help of fantasy author Brandon Sanderson after Jordan’s death. The books are written from the perspectives of many characters. With the description above, it seems that the first season will primarily be Moiraine’s perspective which is awesome. She’s a badass Aes Sedai – a woman who can channel the ‘One Power’ and trained at The White Tower. In other words, she’s a super cool witch that you want on your side.
Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, 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.”
Rafe Judkins (Agents of SHIELD and Chuck) is adapting The Wheel of Time for television and will serve as executive producer and showrunner. Judkins said, “For so many people, including me, this book series has served as a world to escape to, to lose yourself in, to devour and inhabit completely. And I couldn’t be more honored to be the one finally bringing that world to life on screen, for old fans to lose themselves in all over again and new fans to discover for the very first time.”
I couldn’t agree more. Fantasy provides a great escape. Underlying almost any fantasy book is the theme ‘good vs. evil’ and good usually wins even though the journey is costly. Perhaps this is why we are seeing many fantasy classics being adapted for series right now such as The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings and The Kingkiller Chronicle. I, myself, can’t wait to get lost in the journey. What do you think?
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