FINALLY, some movement on Amazon Studios' Wheel of Time series. Okay yes, we could make all the jokes about just how long of a slog the original Robert Jordan (later finished by Brandon Sanderson) series actually is being indicative of the series taking it's sweet Two Rivers time, but, we're happy to report news about the show.
According to showrunner Rafe Judkins (by way of Deadline), Westworld director Uta Briesewitz is on board to helm the first two episodes of Wheel of Time.
Another #WoTWednesday that's not at all on Wednesday, but is worth the 6-day wait. Welcoming Uta Briesewitz to the team! She's incredible and visionary and can pronounce Nynaeve like she was born to it. https://t.co/XXMqH2dESq
— Rafe Judkins (@rafejudkins) February 19, 2019
Our favorite thing in there being that Briesewitz "can pronounce Nynaeve like she was born to it," something with fans of the Village Wisdom have been fighting about for years.
Briesewitz started off in the industry as a cinematographer, and has numerous tv credits under her directorial belt- The Deuce, Stranger Things, This Is Us, Jessica Jones, Orange Is The New Black, Jane the Virgin, Fear the Walking Dead, and Hung (which she received an Emmy nomination for).
Wheel of Time's early series description reads:
The fantasy epic is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists, but only women can use it. The story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women. Moiraine believes that one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it. The series draws on numerous elements of European and Asian culture and philosophy, most notably the cyclical nature of time found in Buddhism and Hinduism.
Reportedly, the series will begin filming in September of 2019, so hopefully casting news isn't too far away. We'll of course keep you up to date with news about the series as it's revealed.
The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.