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Would you like to see the Wheel of Time adapted into a TV series, or a movie? I was kinda iffy with the TV series at first, but after seeing how they managed to adapt Game of Thrones (which I have never even read before by the way, but it was pretty easy to pick up on...and I am still shocked by some parts :lol: ) it seems that a TV series would be more appealing in terms of staying faithful to RJ's story and characterization.

What do you guys think?

**PS. dA has stupid connection problems sometimes, so sorry for the double post D:
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Red-Lazerus Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
I just searched Myddraal and Google was like "Myddraal Game of Thrones"? So I had to see what they were talking about, this was it.

That said, in the future I wouldn't mind good producers having a serious discussion about the plausibility of a good adaptation. 
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johnplaystuba Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
So yeah, the Game of Thrones series was made as an adaptation of one book in the Song of Ice and Fire Series. So to say there might be a "Wheel of Time" series is iffy. Because Jordan developed the plot in such a way that most of the characters' storylines develop entirely independently from the others. For instance, can you IMAGINE a movie version of "Crossroads of Twilight"?? Nothing happens in that book. It's a bunch of reactions to the events that take place in "Winter's Heart."

I read the little bit on Wikipedia. Maybe the success of HBO's pornographic television show will pave the way for more books being adapted, but the Wheel of Time is just so... different. Different in pace, different in theme. I mean, there's so little "magic" in Game of Thrones that it's almost like a different genre (Magical Realism? Alternate history of the War of the Roses?). Ice-Zombies in the beginning and Dragons in end is all you get. As opposed to "Eye of the World" which has talking wolves, goat-men, witches, wizards, and an odd, unclear ending that about four characters in the book understand.

So... my answer is no. No, it wouldn't be prudent to try an adapt this series as a television show. Not now at least. Hollywood may get desperate, though...
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CelestialChild Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
I simply do not see how anyone could have the budget to turn The Wheel of time into an effective series of movies, let alone sit there and figure out what parts to include and which to leave out.

Game of Thrones is an excellent demonstration of the fact the TV series work much better for novels, but as someone else said, the budget necessary for quality back-drops, special effects, and sets (which are far more ambitious than Game of Thrones appears to be) just doesn't seem realistic, at least in the television world today. You'd need huge names associated with the production alone.

Still, a TV series would have me breathing much more easily than the idea of a movie production. The only reason I'd really want a Movie in the first place is for quality's sake. If the Wheel of Time had a renown like Tolkien (which non-bookworms know) and dedicated team like those who worked with Jackson, it's possible. But otherwise, yeah, I'm in favor of a tv series.
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ninninja24 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
The only problem I see is that unlike Game of Thrones (which I haven't read, but have watched a couple of episodes) WoT has LOTS of magic. I don't know if a TV show could have the budget for all the actors, sets, costumes, and special effects that would be needed.
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logan1er Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Exactly my point.
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CelestialChild Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
I'm kind of holding my breath for the second season. I have not read the books either, but the way Game of Thrones ended suggests there will be more need for special effects (the kind that Wheel of Time would need) in the immediate future. But in general, I agree with you. CGI only looks good with a top-notch budget, and that usually only happens in the movies.
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ninninja24 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Especially with all the Myrddraal and Trollocs that appear.
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Tet64 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Writer
I've actually thought about this, even before Game of Thrones. At first, I wanted it to be a movie like Lord of the Rings. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that a movie probably wouldn't do The Wheel of Time justice, mostly because I highly doubt that any Hollywood studio would actually be willing to put up the amount of money it would take to adapt 14 books to flim. Which I think is the only way to do it, adapt each book individually like they did with Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings...ya know the kind of thing that Hollywood doesn't normally do (Heck, Peter Jackson and company had to convince New Line Cinema to make Lord of the Rings a trilogy). But with a TV show they might have more room to tell the full story, sub-plots and all.

But then again, If the Wheel of Time was to be adapted to a TV series, it shouldn't be on CBS or NBC or ya know, a channel that is not HBO or Showtime or maybe the Sci-fi channel (Dune Mini-series or BattleStar Galactica anyone).

I'm sorry but Legend of the Seeker just killed my faith in network TV's ability to adapt a Fantasy series as a whole, though I bet standers and practices morons had a lot to do with that.

Anyway, I don't know what the right answer is. I hope that WOT will be filmed one day in some form or another, and that it will be done right...but I'm not gonna hold my breath.
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CelestialChild Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
The real problem that WoT has is that it's 14 books instead of 3. Unless the series reached the pop-culture acclaim of Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, no production company will even think of touching it for more than one or two movies, however ambitious the people behind the project.

Sci-Fi did amazing work with Dune and BSG, but since then I found their production quality for shows has just tanked. (Since they became Syfy, really). After the production quality and heavy marketing they gave True Blood and Game of Thrones, though, I would place my bets in HBO at the moment. They seem pretty faithful about book adaptions for as near as I can tell--and The Wheel of Time is just too intricately plotted to mess with it. I imagine it would be a bigger mess than Legend of the Seeker.
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Tet64 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Well, like I said, I ain't holding my breath.

And on a slightly unrelated side note: am I the only one who thinks that the Sci-fi Channel's name change makes no sense at all? lol.
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CelestialChild Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
I didn't get it either, until I noticed that their programming is no longer the quality it used to be, and they are canceling a lot of their actual sci-fi shows in favor of... well I don't even know because I got fed up and stopped watching. I remember I couldn't figure out why they showed wrestling though. So essentially I think they changed their name in order to disassociate from the sci-fi genre. *shrug*
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googoolini Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
oh yes. A tv series, most definitely. Though I don't see even that happening, seeing as they would still have to merge books, and it would be very special effects-heavy.
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VD-Art Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Who knows, they could make it into a 14 seasons long TV series? Lol. Most popular shows go on for about 9 seasons, and some can last for more than that.
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googoolini Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
I know, but would they start knowing it would need that long? Somehow, I think producers might be reluctant of taking on such a large project...
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Tet64 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Writer
They wouldn't have to merge books with a TV series. Game of Thrones didn't and won't so far as I know. Just adapt one book per-season. And it would be special effects heavy no matter how you look at it....how else are they gonna make Balefire? lol.
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googoolini Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Game of Thrones didn't, but upon completion, the series is supposed to be 7 books, which makes for a good tv series. I doubt any channel would go for a 14-season tv series from the get-go. You never know, of course, but still.

And about the effects, yeah, that's the point - it would take a *lot* of money to produce. I don't know if it'd be easy for a channel to be convinced to spend all that money (but seeing as Game of Thrones was a success, again, you never know...)

I guess I just don't have much faith in the series-producing industry, lol.
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Testicular-Disco Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I think WoT would do better as a big budget movie than TV series.
If it was TV, it would end up another 'nerd thing' on Sci-fi, with horribly low budget acting (Bruce Campbell ring a bell?) and even worse special effects. Put it on a major network and it becomes soapy in a hurry. Put it on HBO and it just becomes sexified, bordering on softcore porn, and not what it should be.

TV these days is highly predictable. Movies it is!
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AngelLeila Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there is a rumor about making WOT into movies
yeah i would go for series
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VD-Art Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
They're taking a while with the movie - I think the crew is still working on the script which is understandably difficult because it's a matter of how to turn a massive book into about 2 and 1/2 hours worth screening time.
A TV series would probably make the script writing process less of a hassle
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AngelLeila Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah i agree :D but the effects might be better if it was movie
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ClayDragons Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
I have to agree with what a lot of people have already said. Although there are obvious exceptions, like the masterpiece of the Lord of the Rings movies, I truly believe that bring the Wheel of Time the kind of justice it deserves would be to turn it into a tv series. It would kinda of be like a...10 hour movie. Game of Thrones was brilliantly filmed, so if the WoT was done like that, it would be perfect.

The only things I have to be kind of hesitant about are (a) unlike the Game of Thrones, the author of the WoT is no longer alive (RIP RJ) so his input into what is right and what is wrong in terms of what needs to be done is lost; and (b) I'm terrified for casting. I mean, GoT was still very good, but there were a handful of characters that broke my heart (I never pictured Eddard as Boromir, despite Sean Bean being an excellent actor. Also, I didn't picture Cat or Jon looking much like the people who portrayed them either. AND, isn't Robb supposed to be ginger?). So I have a right to be afraid right? All it would take is a Rand with black hair *cough AyrafromEragonhadgoldhairforsomereason cough* or a Perrin who's, well, over-board buff and stiff, and then what? That's my take on it anyway. As muchas as I love WoT, I like I would much rather have nothing than have terrible, terrible casting.
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VD-Art Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought about that too - the fact that RJ isn't around to add input to the process is a little iffy. I would suspect that if such a TV series was made, Harriet would be standing in to add input though.
LOL, Eddard as Boromir. Yeah, it can be difficult to get that image out of your mind. It's the same with Magneto being Gandalf :lol: Ugh, I would hate to see Perrin being overly buff too - I know he's supposed to be more tank than the others but I've never imagined him as Conan the Barbarian tank like a lot of people seem to portray him as.
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livska Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
series absolutely. there's just too much story to cram into a movie.
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wntgs Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
i would love to see the series put into something visual. a tv series would b way better than a movie cause then not too many details have to b left out. but it would have to b of the same quality of 'Game of Thrones' (which included most everything in the book and stuck closely to the real story line). if , however it was like 'the legend of the seeker'( which was an awful adaptation of the books) it would just ruin the whole series for me. casting has to be accurate and follow the descriptions in the book. if the series can live up to the standards of the readers then it would b amazing :D i vote peter jackson to direct ;)
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nymphofdeath Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
The problem with a TV series is that every episode has to have it's own little plot line, climax, and conclusion. I'm not sure that would work very well with WoT...

However, a movie would be WAY too short. Im pretty sure that any kind of film adaptions would not do the series the justice it deserves. When you look at the LotR and HP films and their shortcomings (even with their enormous budget), I'm not sure how WoT would turn out because it's so much more complex and epic.
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karibous-boutique Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was iffy about a TV series, but if it could be as faithful, brilliantly cast, and amazingly executed as Game of Thrones... OMG, that would be my dream come true. Was a fan of the Song of Ice and Fire books, and am in love with Game of Thrones. I WISH someone could do the same justice to WOT... because the WOT story is, hands-down, much, much richer and more riveting!
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pickledshoe Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student General Artist
The only thing is it would spoil how people envision the characters in the book
but for those who have already read the books wold enjoy it.
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VD-Art Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
True. I bet when I read Game of Thrones now I'll only picture Ned Stark as Sean Bean...
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BloodKalasin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It'd have to be a TV series to be faithful to the book to any degree...for example, the Dune movie (1984) tried to cram EVERYTHING in the incredibly well-developed, detailed book into one 2-hour feature film, ended up changing the book (telepathic Bene Gesserit?!) and turned off a lot of people. The miniseries could be more true to the book and more detailed.

I'm currently obsessed with the Children of Dune miniseries - very faithful to the books and good as something in its own right.
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SporeRedland Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student Writer
A television series would have a lot of potential. A movie is more of a one-big-shot type of marketing ploy, and if it doesn't get mainstream attention, well, it just fell down flat and will never continue. If they were to make a series, they would gather a lot more long-term hype and create a precedent for future actors in the parts even if they did fail due to only being supported by the main fanbase.
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edvalenz Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
A tv series would be awesome, I like the idea of movie adaptations but it would be impossible due the series long story
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startraveller776 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have mixed feelings. "The Legend of the Seeker" show was based on a series of great novels, but the show was rather campy. I'd hate to see "The Wheel of Time" turned into a campy television show.

I suppose that it would depend on what kind of budget it had...and the writers, cast, etc.
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VD-Art Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh, campy...I would hate to see WoT turned campy too. It'd be like watching those Joel Schumacher renditions of Batman.
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zwaard-drager Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tv is a funny thing, at first i thought it would be a terrible idea, but after watching recent shows like sons of Anarchy and the Walking Dead, I absolutley love the idea, in some ways tv is better than movies now
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VD-Art Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed, I watch more TV series than I do movies these days =D
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Gaidin1978 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
I want a movie AND a TV series.

Somone optioned the movie rights for the Eye of the World recenty.

Red Eagle Entertainment or something like that.
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VD-Art Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, though little development has come out of it as they're still trying to finish the script I think
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Gaidin1978 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
True enough, sadly.
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jgilmore677 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
It would be an amazing idea to make a tv series of it but if it actually happened they would need to stick to the characters and plots precisely or it could ruin it :-/ would also need amazing actors/actresses cause you wouldnt want bad actors ruining our fav characters lol Movie=BIG NO!!! They always ruin books when they make them into movies and theres no chance anyone could squeeze everything from even one book into a movie lol
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Seeshi-suin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it would have to be a tv series, with how much information is packed into each book. They would be hard pressed to fit a book into a season! But anyways, I love Game of Thrones. The tv series follows amazingly close to the books. There are some little things that I am picky about but that happens anytime they adapt a book into tv or movies.

After watching Game of Thrones I am pretty confident that they could pull off WOT. Of course, they wouldn't have the ability to work with Jordan, but maybe Sanderson would work with the tv producers. I think they would have to tread lightly with any story changes, or some WOT fans would come kill them in their sleep!
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vileone Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
TV series or a "mini" TV series that way we get ALL of it just in case there are not a lot of cool people out there that would think something like "The X Factor" was a better show.
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Lykouros Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student General Artist
This would be an amazing idea. I have not seen Game of Thrones (or read the series), but I've heard only good things about it so far.
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Daystar-Art Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Depends on the team that would make it. The producers of Game of Thrones are absolute fans and Martin himself is involved in the process, so one could expect only a precise following of the story. And they did great job concerning the cast, the music and so on. There were even entire dialogues taken directly from the book. That's what one has to do with the Wheel or the result will be another spoiled series like the Seeker ones. Don't get me wrong, those series were good, but there wasn't much connection to the book, and, in the end, that's what matters mostly.
I don't want to think about a movie, because it would be a disaster. So many events, such a long storyline, it would take years to finish and it wouldn't be THAT good.

So, if a good team makes it, with good actors and so on, I would watch it and I would like it.
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Tirramirr Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I go for the tv series, a movie of that expansive mass of story would have to be speeded up like crazy XD
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theLastWanderer Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
The budget seems like it'd be a bit of problem for a project like that. But, hell yes - if they made a TV series, I'd definitely watch it.
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wolf-lover66 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Defiantly a TV series! I watch the Legend of the seeker TV series and LOVED it!
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JolieDean Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Legend of the Seeker was absolutely nothing like the books it was based off of, though. I mean, it's a good story on its own, but the books are much better.
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wolf-lover66 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
True. If they did a Wot series I would want it closer to the books.
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Lyricanna Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If someone had the budget, I'd love to see it happen. It would take at least 5 (probably more), 1hour episodes to do one book though :lol:
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DrummerGirl375 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Student General Artist
It would probably take one or two seasons to get through each book if they really want to capture all the detail that made the series so awesome.
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