Amazon's The Wheel of Time series finally gets some momentum as filming for the first season has reportedly come to a close. There have been several "social media posts of key crew members celebrating the completion of the first season." Although no official announcement has been given, this seems to be a pretty significant sign. Filming of the show had been uneasy due to production halting multiple times due to COVID-19. The series began production in September 2019 before pausing in March 2020. It would later resume before yet another pause. Thankfully, filming is no longer required, and Wheel of Time will now enter post production.
Rafe Judkins, the showrunner, had previously stated that the shutdowns were ultimately good for the series as it allowed them to refine and perfect the show. He said it even allowed them to delve into the possibilities and storylines of Season 2 (assuming it gets renewed) as they improved the first season.
"If my job is to protect the spine and the heart of what's there, sometimes that is changing things. Because sometimes if you did them exactly as they were, a new audience to it wouldn't actually understand the heart of what's there because a lot of it is expressed inside someone's head or it's expressed by a character that gets a POV that we can't really do on television. It's those kind of things. You know a huge cast member coming for one scene and then not appearing for three books later causes all sorts of logistical problems."
The Wheel of Time series will adapt late author Robert Jordan's acclaimed book series. It focuses on a group of young adults as they explore and adjust to their new responsibilities within a fantasy world full of prophecies, monsters, magic, and treachery. The book series ran for fourteen books, with Brandon Sanderson completing the last few books due to Jordan's death. The series is considered one of the ultimate fantasy stories and is often compared favorably to works like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. It's one of the most popular and best-selling fantasy series of all time and boasts a strong and loyal fanbase. Due to its popularity, there have multiple attempts to adapt the series for the screen, but Amazon is the only company that has finally allowed it to happen.
Coming to Amazon Prime, The Wheel of Time will star Rosamund Pike (fresh off her Golden Globe victory for I Care a Lot) as Moiraine, Josha Stradowski as Rand al'Thor, Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara, Zoe Robins as Nynaeve al'Meara, Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon, Madeline Madden as Egwene al'Vere, Daniel Henney as Lan Mandragoran, Alexandre Willaume as Thom Merrilin, Johann Myers as Padan Fain, Alvaro Morte as Logain Ablar, Hammed Animashaun as Loial, Kae Alexander as Min Farshaw, and Michael McElhatton as Tam al'Thor. No official release date has yet been given, but Wheel of Time will likely begin streaming on Amazon Prime in late 2021 or early 2022. This news originated at wotseries.com.