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So, the WHEEL OF TIME TV series is a go at Sony I am still not even remotely making this up

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 03:44 AM

The lack of Dragonmount had me shaking my head. That would have meant $ on effects though.

Fuck me I hope the lawyers can get it taken away from them...
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 04:16 AM

View PostMaark, on 10 February 2015 - 03:07 PM, said:

View PostTheRetiredBridgeburner, on 10 February 2015 - 12:59 PM, said:

Billy Zane is weird, but I have to admit what annoyed me the most is that they pronounce Aes Sedai about five different ways, none of which are correct.

I always read it as though they were Canadian. Ehs, Said I. There's a moose oover there.

It's EYES Suh-DYE.

I think the narrator got it right. I'm not sure. Pronunciation was kind of low on my list of things to be disturbed about while watching. Even Harriet pronounces Aes Sedai wrong, sometimes at least.

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Posted 12 February 2015 - 04:35 AM

I know I sure did. A's See Duh for me lol
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 06:02 AM

View PostTerez, on 12 February 2015 - 02:09 AM, said:

I think WoT could fit HBO if not for their strong association with GRRM. Some have suggested Netflix or Amazon. Where it lands (assuming this thing can be settled legally) I will watch it if it's done well. And I will bitch about it even so.


I do hope something will get made. I'm hoping there's enough wrong with the way Red Eagle went about this that a contract lawyer could poke enough holes to get the rights away from them. It would a nice thing to see done well with a budget.
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 07:23 AM

View PostTerez, on 12 February 2015 - 04:16 AM, said:

View PostMaark, on 10 February 2015 - 03:07 PM, said:

View PostTheRetiredBridgeburner, on 10 February 2015 - 12:59 PM, said:

Billy Zane is weird, but I have to admit what annoyed me the most is that they pronounce Aes Sedai about five different ways, none of which are correct.

I always read it as though they were Canadian. Ehs, Said I. There's a moose oover there.

It's EYES Suh-DYE.

I think the narrator got it right. I'm not sure. Pronunciation was kind of low on my list of things to be disturbed about while watching. Even Harriet pronounces Aes Sedai wrong, sometimes at least.




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Posted 12 February 2015 - 07:12 PM

Billy Zane, people.


For fuck's sake, BILLY ZANE!!!
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 08:42 PM

Not watching this. My feelings regarding WoT have been made known already.
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 09:52 PM

Awe come on it's only 23 mins and you can then giggle with the rest of us at it crapshittyness. Go do it.
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Posted 13 February 2015 - 01:58 PM

Somewhere Nynaeve is pulling the hell out of her braid at this.
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Posted 13 February 2015 - 03:07 PM

View PostRaizen, on 13 February 2015 - 01:58 PM, said:

Somewhere Nynaeve is pulling the hell out of her braid at this.



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Posted 14 February 2015 - 11:08 AM

And it keeps getting weirder.

Red Eagle's ability to operate as a legal company was suspended in August 2014, allegedly for tax issues in California. No-one's found any evidence that this status has changed recently, meaning they cannot legally sue anyone because they effectively do not exist. I guess that also means they can't have made this production and that the film rights have reverted automatically to the Jordan Estate.

I'm assuming that this actually isn't the case, otherwise the people behind Red Eagle are very daft indeed.

In addition, the actress who played Ilyena in the episode is Billy Zane's girlfriend, model Candice Neill. Either he's a huge fan of the books or he saw the potential in this going to series and decided to get on the action for the chance of an ongoing role or producer's pay-off later on.

View PostAbyss, on 12 February 2015 - 07:12 PM, said:

Billy Zane, people.


For fuck's sake, BILLY ZANE!!!


He's a cool dude.
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Posted 13 August 2015 - 08:27 PM

Red Eagle de-escalate the situation.

Red Eagle are no longer suing Robert Jordan's widow, but discussions remain "ongoing" about the ownership of the film/TV rights.

My guess is that Red Eagle either 1) deliberately launched the lawsuit so they could withdraw it later on as a pre-emptive bargaining chip, or 2) realised they were on a hiding to nothing and quit whilst they were ahead.

At the moment I'm going to guess that the Jordan Estate technically get the rights back, but the Red Eagle company retains a nominal producer's credit. If the WHEEL OF TIME TV series does end up with Sony, that would at least make sense because Red Eagle set up the deal, even if it falls to the Estate to execute it.

So hopefully a final end to this mess is in sight, because WoT is in danger of missing the boat as other fantasy properties are picked up all over the shop.

One thing that is interesting: Universal may also be back interested since they missed out big time in the recent D&D legal shenanigans. If they want a slice of the fantasy pie, this is their best bet.
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 07:51 PM

It's happening.

With Sony as well, as was speculated many moons ago.
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Posted 04 June 2019 - 03:33 AM

Updates Wert?
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Posted 04 June 2019 - 03:35 AM

It's with Amazon, REE on as executive producers (in name only, supposedly, though I can think of a few ways they have definitively affected production already, and not in a good way), head writer Rafe Judkins.

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 03:41 AM

Like sabotage on REEs part?
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Posted 04 June 2019 - 03:57 AM

No, not sabotage. Just remnants of their questionable decisions.

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 04:13 AM

Well hopefully they can make a vaccine to that plague...

I also hope that you have been tapped on some stuff... been quite curious on that.
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Posted 04 June 2019 - 05:16 AM

That's a nope.

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 12:54 PM

I say again...Oof... Rafe Judkins.

A former Survivor contestant.

A fairly recent hollywood screenwriter with some CHUCK under his belt (the episodes are fine; nothing to write home about), AGENTS OF SHIELD (again, middle of the road episodes, nothing particularly special), and reworked the screenplay for the film adaptation of UNCHARTED, which caused its director (Shawn Levy) to step down.

So he can probably deliver on the writing front a serviceable show...but a show-runner, this guy is really not. That is a far more monumental task that he has no experience in. The last time someone with simple minor TV writing experience jumped into such a role, we got IRON FIST S1. Or how Scott Gimple took a great show (THE WALKING DEAD) and slowly drove it inexorably into the dirt with his lack of experience.

I REALLY hope he delivers as I think this adaptation deserves to be good. I may not have felt the whole series was worth it after finishing the books, but I can see how a TV series can cut ALL the extra chaff and maybe deliver a pacey, multi-season arc show and be better than Jordan's meandering work (with removal of his more questionable...errr....penchants). This has a shot at being the next "big thing"....but I admit that with the Middle Earth TV show at the same place (Amazon) which is being called the most expensive show of all time, it has its work cut out for it. Luckily, it has a pretty sizeable fanbase to crow about it. But to really make it GoT-level...you need the filthy casuals to get on board.

TL;DR: Excited to see what they do, but I'm just leery of Judkin's lack of experience in the show runner role.
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