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Wheel of Time Movie Deal

People have already started emailing me about this.

My response is...huzzah!  Congratulations Harriet.  I know that things have been stalled for a long time on this front, and while she mentioned to me that something like this might be coming, I didn't think it would be so soon. 

I'm afraid I'm not the one to ask about specifics, however.  Even if I knew them, I wouldn't be comfortable sharing them.  But I'm sure more will be coming in the future.  All I will say is to remember that things like this tend to move very slowly.  I hope that won't be the case here, but chances are good that it will be many years before we actually get to see the movie.

Now, back to work on Book Twelve....

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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)
from RJ interviews:

Do you think a two hour movie could ever do the series justice? Or would it at least have to be a trilogy of some sort?
RobertJordan: I think it would take at least 18 or 20 hours of movie to do any one of the books. Which means, I suppose, that none of them will ever be done as movies.

Would you like to see the Wheel of Time made into a movie - or movies? If so, who would you like to see play Rand?
I would very much like to see the Wheel of Time made into a miniseries for television, perhaps by someone like HBO. They do very good work, and there would be no commercial interruptions. I don't think I would let one of the books be made into a movie. Such a movie would have to be at least five or six hours long, perhaps longer, just for one book, to maintain the coherence of the story, and movies of that sort aren't being made by anyone I know of. As to who should play Rand, I really don't know. How many good, young actors are there who happen to be six feet five inches tall?

...A japanese company contacted me about doing an animated movie. I told them no, because they wanted to do a movie based on two or three books, and I said 'no, I won't do that.'

Then he talked about NBC acquiring an option about doing a miniseries based on the first book and options to buy options on the other books, and that there was quite some progress made by the people involved and then "those people promptly left NBC" and NBC has let the option lapse...

It's a chancy thing. I would not support anyone doing a feature film of, say, The Eye of the World. I do not think it could be compressed into three hours. Certainly not into two. That would make it incomprehensible. But... [end of this side of the tape]
... the screenwriter makes further changes, because, although it's a collaborative effort, if the director says I don't like this, do it some other way, do it this way, and the screenwriter does that. And if the screenwriter doesn't do that, they'll get another screenwriter. And then the actor says 'I don't believe this character would say this.' And the actress says I don't want to do that, see, I want to do it this way, so they change the dialogue, and they change the scene. And the director, again, comes up and says 'I think it should be done in this fashion' and he shapes it.
And what goes up on the screen bears, you hope, some resemblance to what was on the page.

Q: Which actors and actresses would you cast if a movie were made, and you had that power?

That power is never given to a writer of a book, believe me. I know that there are websites, more than one, that have sections or they have posts that this actor or that actress for this role or that role. I don't htink I've ever really thought about it. To me a movie is something that would be nice if it happened. A miniseries....
...if Thom should be Sean Connery or Patrick Stewart. I'm sorry, I simply have never thought about that.

Perhaps New Spring could be done in a three hour feature length movie.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2008 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Brandon: Can you tell me if Red Eagle Entertainment is involved in it?
If it is it would be very weird.

This was Jordan's last blog:

I hear things now and then floating out in the air. For instance, I hear that word was floating about ComicsCon in San Diego that I am displeased with Red Eagle. Too true. Too very true. In a few more months that last contract they have with anyone on God’s green earth that so much as mentions my name will come to an end and we can see what happens after that. You see, among other things they forgot an old dictum of LBJ back when he was just a Congressman from Texas, when he famously, or infamously, said “Don’t spit in the soup. boys. We all have to eat.” Worse, Red Eagle though they could tell me they spit in the soup, or pee in it, if they wanted to and there wasn’t anything I could do to stop them. You can’t apologize your way out of that with me, not that they tried. There isn’t enough money in the world to buy your way out of it with me. Not that they tried that either. So they get no further help from me. Once they are completely out of the picture, we’ll see what happens.

Isabel // Emma

segurant From: segurant Date: August 13th, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

According to the news article on scifi.com, it seems that Red Eagle is involved.

"Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon will produce for Red Eagle Entertainment, which published graphic-novel adaptations of Jordan's books. "

From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
News articles can be wrong.. But if red eagle is involved in this than I am against this movie. RJ didn't like Red Eagle.

Emma // Isabel
mistborn From: mistborn Date: August 13th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hum.... Perhaps some more digging is in order here. I had heard that she was waiting for a company's option to run out so that she could look elsewhere, and from what you are all saying, I'm guessing that was Red Eagle. She wasn't happy with that company either.

When I first read this, I assumed "Oh, the people that Harriet hates must have had their option run out, since she said nothing could happen on either side until it did. Therefore, she's gone and made another deal." But maybe that's not the case--maybe this IS the people she was displeased with, and their option didn't run out, they just managed to get a movie into production before their option ran out.

I'm afraid I don't have any information other than the news release right now. I'll email Harriet and see what I can dig up, though.
clearlyhere From: clearlyhere Date: August 13th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am one of those people who thinks that it is an impossible series to turn into a movie. Harry Potter is the example when the turn each book into a movie significant changes are made and many plot lines cut and they are no where near as long as a single WoT book. A miniseries if done right could possibly get it right, but I doubt it. It would more likely be a miss fire like The Golden Compass.

I have always thought that animation would work out better, but in my heart I would like to see real people act it out.
nascarguy From: nascarguy Date: August 14th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I also think that it would be an impossible feet to make the series in a movie in its original form. In all likelyhood the studio will break it down into 7 movies in a Harry Potter style series. Just a guess.

I think though that we always have to look at a book that has turned into a movie as a bit of a seperate entity. It will never be the same no matter what you do so you have to either go to the theatre and enjoy it or forget that a movie even exists.

Take Lord of the Rings. Wonderful book and I like it much better then the movie, but I also love the movie. The movie was brilliantly done in my opinion. I enjoyed it for what it was.

Books are always better then movies so I think that we just have to look at it as entertainment and remember the book is the real story.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 29th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Another thing to keep in mind is the Harry Potter series was only 7 books while the WOT is a total of 13 including the prequel and final book. These movies would have to be at least 2 1/2 to 3 hrs long to bring in the full plot from each book. And the actors/actresses would have to be very young to complete the series.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 29th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

WOT Casting News

Bizzarely enough Universal have aproached an actor before any director has been named. Peter Stormare (a relative of mine) has been aproached to play Lan. My auntie (his mother) says he is keen on the role. The reason he has been aproached so early is that Universal will (suprise, suprise) be filming it in NZ. Needless to say he won't be back in sweeden till 2012!!!
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 7th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Who to play Rand? Egwayne? Lann? Morraine?

The kid from smallville...Tom....something....
Egwayne = Megan Fox
Lann = Dwayne Johnson (the Rock)
Morraine = the blonde from Happy Gilmore

From: (Anonymous) Date: November 12th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Who to play Rand? Egwayne? Lann? Morraine?

The Rock? As Lan? when I read about him I always picture Aragorn from LOTR
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 12th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I just recently started reading this a month ago. I am on the 2nd book, and I think that I would love to see a mini series made out of this. I have heard that many of the books are very slow reading, and if there were a miniseries, maybe that would be a way to get us to be able to finish them! As for a movie, I would love to see the movie, but I would hate to be disappointed when it leaves out just about every small detail, just to fit the bigger details in 3 hours.
All I know is it would be cool to see this played out... by real actors. Not everyone that reads this likes anime...
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