Filming has officially begun on Amazon's TV series adaptation of Robert Jordan's 'The Wheel of Time'.
The first day of production began yesterday, coincidentally coinciding with the twelfth anniversary of the passing of Robert Jordan, the author of the series. The series is led by Rosamund Pike, who plays Moraine, a member of the Aes Sedai, a powerful group of healers, scientists, and sorcerers. The novel opens with Moraine arriving in a small town on her quest to find the Dragon Reborn, whom she believes is one of five young men and women.
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Their journey goes across the world, which is a strange mixture of Renaissance, Industrial Revolution, modern Earth history, and Celtic mythology all swirled into one. It's early days yet, but Amazon are clearly hoping 'Wheel of Time' will connect with audiences in the same way that 'Game of Thrones' did, which was itself a relatively obscure fantasy series before HBO turned it into the world-dominating phenomenon we know and love.
Amazon also has a TV adaptation of 'Lord of the Rings' on the go, with a massive billion-dollar budget set aside for that show. 'The Wheel of Time' most likely won't have the same amount of money behind it, but given the cast - other than Rosamund Pike - is made up of unknowns, the likelihood is they're spending on production than cast.
No air date has been set as of yet for 'Wheel of Time'.