The Wheel of Time, a long-awaited adaptation of Robert Jordan’s epic series of novels, will finally be coming to the screen in the very near future as production has officially begun in Prague this week with cameras rolling as of yesterday.
Produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television, The Wheel of Time has been tapped by many as a spiritual successor to HBO’s Game of Thrones. The series’ 14 novels – 11 written by Jordan and three completed by Brandon Sanderson after his death in 2007 – have sold 90 million copies worldwide.
On Instagram, the production’s official account last week posted a shot of its core cast members together in Prague as they prepare for the lengthy shoot (pictured above).
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) stars in the central role of Moiraine Damodred, a member of the powerful all-female Aes Sedai, who undertakes an epic journey with a group of young people throughout the series – – one of whom she believes has been prophesied to save or destroy the world.
“Set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists and only certain women are allowed to access it, the story follows Moiraine, a member of the incredibly powerful all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, as she arrives in the small town of Two Rivers,” read the official description of The Wheel of Time from Amazon.
“There, she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women, one of whom is prophesied to be the Dragon Reborn, who will either save or destroy humanity.”
Alongside Pike, The Wheel of Time also stars Barney Harris (Billionaire Boys Club), Daniel Henney (Criminal Minds), Madeleine Madden (Picnic at Hanging Rock), Zoë Robins (Power Rangers Ninja Steel), Marcus Rutherford, and Josha Stradowski.
For Amazon, the project is the second epic fantasy series to utilize Prague and locations throughout the Czech Republic for filming.
The first season of Carnival Row, which began shooting in Prague in late 2017, debuted on Amazon’s streaming service August 30 week to (mostly) critical and audience acclaim. Production on the second season of Carnival Row is also underway in the Czech capital and will continue through early 2020 alongside The Wheel of Time.
The Wheel of Time is being shot in Prague under the management of series creator and showrunner Rafe Judkins, who previously produced on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hemlock Grove.
On an Amazon Prime video posted yesterday, Judkins commemorated the start of The Wheel of Time’s production in Prague while also remembering the death of its creator.
“Today is our first day of principal photography on The Wheel of Time television series, and for all of us, it’s a little bit emotional because it is also coincidentally the twelfth anniversary of its author, Robert Jordan’s, passing,” he says.
“So as much as I’m excited about this new endeavor that we are all embarking on, I am also quite humbled and honored to remember the man who began all of this. Tai’shar Rigney.”
Lead photo via Instagram / WoTonPrime