After more than a decade of waiting, it looks the tv adaptation of Robert Jordan’s epic The Wheel of Time series is finally moving forward.
Harriet McDougal, widow of author Robert Jordan, has announced on Google+ that last year’s legal problems have been resolved:
Wanted to share with you exciting news about The Wheel of Time. Legal issues have been resolved. The Wheel of Time will become a cutting edge TV series! I couldn’t be more pleased. Look for the official announcement coming soon from a major studio —Harriet
No additional details have been released.
The Wheel of Time is a series of 14 novels. Beginning with The Eye of the World, which was published in 1990, and ending with A Memory of Light, which was finished by Brandon Sanderson following Jordan’s death in 2007, the series follows the quest of the Dragon Reborn who has to unite the forces of good to stop The Dark One.
The series has been under negotiation or contract to one party or another since 2002, but the closest it has gotten to actual production was a horrible little pilot which was released last year.
Broadcast at 2am on the FXX cable network, the pilot was produced by Red Eagle Entertainment so that it could continue to hold on to the tv rights by extending a contract which was about to expire.
After MacDougal released a statement denying that Red Eagle had the tv rights, the studio filed a defamation lawsuit against MacDougal and “John Does 1 through 20” for slander and breach of contract.
That lawsuit has apparently been resolved, although no details have been released at this time.