The Wheel of Time will be Amazon’s step into a well-loved fantasy series. The original novels were written by Robert Jordan with Brandon Sanderson taking over the final three entries after Jordan‘s passing. While six entries were originally planned, it ended up running for 14 ever since the initial publication in 1990. Given how long the series ran, it made sense for Amazon Prime to approach it as a television series and Rafe Judkins discusses his vision of where the series will go. In an interview with Deadline, he reveals that the vision, for now, would be going for eight seasons, as their plan is to cover all the books.
I think that’s probably true. I think Wheel of Time lends itself better to a television series. That’s why I think now is the right moment for it to finally exist because people who know that books know it’s just a story about the characters and the journeys each of them is on. The amount you’d have to compress it to turn it into a series of movies is too much. It would take away the heart of what’s good about it.
The story takes place in a world where magic is real. Rosamund Pike‘s Moiraine sets out on a journey like no other that sees her joining a group of unlikely heroes to find whoever the prophesied Dragon Reborn might end up being. The fact he is trying to cram 14 books into eight seasons is an interesting choice and might offer a hint of how they’ll structure future seasons.