Reported by several web sites (Variety,, Suvudu, Brandon Sanderson), it looks like Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series of novels has been optioned for the screen by Red Eagle Entertainment (which Jordan himself probably wouldn’t have been pleased with).

From Variety:

Universal Pictures has acquired film rights to the late Robert Jordan’s bestselling “The Wheel of Time” novel series in a seven-figure deal.

Adaptations of the fantasy tomes will begin with the first book in the cycle, “The Eye of the World.”

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

The property has been optioned before, notably in 2000, when NBC held the rights to make a miniseries based on “The Eye of the World.”

As anyone who follows these sorts of things knows, the process of bringing a novel to the screen can be a long – somtimes endless, sometimes fruitless – process, but it will certainly be interesting to see how this develops.

  • Matthew G. Spahr August 15, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    I have been watinga long time for this I hope it is done right. Mr Jordan ,may his sole rest in the light, put so much in to the story line I feer that some of it might get lost in the translation. I am happy to hear this, it is a begining but not the begining. As an amitiuer actor I have had day dreem of what it would be like to act in a movie about my farovet Searyes of novels. Hope to see this soon know it wiil be a long wait. if anny one knows about casting calls for this movie i would love to know were they are let me know.