Light help us, Rosamund Pike is Moiraine in Amazon’s adaptation of one of the greatest fantasy series ever – The Wheel of Time. So, Gone Girl is going to go ahead and play a major role in fucking up that literary masterpiece – but before we get into that, lets just set a few things straight.
This amazing opus by master-worldsmith, Robert Jordan – may you always find water and shade, is possibly my favourite books series and I dread what Amazon Studios will do to it. Then again, I dread the attempt to translate those books into any other format, by any studio, writer, director – whatever.
This is because I am certain that it cannot be done properly and still retain the same pull, magic or whatever that makes the book series so frakin’ awesome. On the other hand, I really hope I am wrong since I know I am going to watch it.
Brandon Sanderson, who finished the final three books in the series following Jordan’s death, said that Amazon’s take on the story might be somewhat different than the source material.
“I found the mast majority of these decisions to be excellent choices–things that will give the show its own soul, but still in line with the feel and tone of the books. I can’t say for certain, but my instincts say the fanbase will in general respond to them positively. There are a few I offered suggestions on, and we’ll see.
I can’t say too much, not just because of NDAs, but also because the show is very much still in flux as Rafe makes decisions on how he wants things to go. As the alterations go, I’d say they fall in line with positive changes made in bringing LOTR to the big screen–things that were altered in order to make the films work for the medium.
Overall, the thing I’m most impressed with is Rafe himself, who really seems to be guiding this show with a balance between love for the source material and his own creative vision. I’d much rather get this, personally, than something like the first two Harry Potter films–which felt like someone trying to bring the books to the screen with exact scene-by-scene recreations.
I’m certain there will be polarizing decisions made by the team, but the changes are coming from a good place, and I really like most of them. And let me tell you, the first of the two scripts I read was sharp. Excellent dialogue, nuanced characters, great pacing. The second of the two was in a rougher shape, so while still good, obviously was still undergoing revisions”, Sanderson wrote in a Reddit post.
As I said, I dread what they are going to do with my favourite series.
Back to Gone Girl. So, Rosamund Pike is Moiraine Damodred – one of the most powerful Aes Sedai at the end of the Third Age and, in general, one of the coolest female characters in fantasy literature. Now, all of us who read The Wheel of Time were at one point or another frustrated with Moiraine – or simply hated her. But its undeniable that she plays one of the most important roles in the series.
Now, Pike is an actress of no small acclaim – having been nominated for an Oscar and all. So, it’s not that I mind that Rosamund Pike is Moiraine or doubt her acting prowess. I just think that the show will be unworthy of the books.
Apart from Rosamund Pike as Moiraine, The Wheel of Time is adapted for television by executive producer/showrunner Rafe Judkins (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hemlock Grove); while Larry Mondragon and Rick Selvage of Red Eagle Entertainment (Winter Dragon), Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Winter Dragon), Darren Lemke(Shazam!, Goosebumps, Winter Dragon), Marigo Kehoe and Uta Briesewitz as executive producers, with Briesewitz set to direct the first two episodes. The series is co-produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television.
Oh, and Harriet McDougal – Jordan’s wife and Editor, and Brandon Sanderson are consulting producers.
Light help us all…
Stefan is a geek and wordsmith extraordinaire with an M.A. in Philosophy and a professional background in business development, marketing and media. He has a cat called Freya that doesn’t like him very much.