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#121 Werthead

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 08:02 AM

I know the idea has been suggested before, but I just don't understand why it's been so disregarded.

 

 

Because Robert Jordan himself rejected it and no Japanese studio has shown an interest since.

 

One Japanese studio showed an interest in the early 2000s. However, they only wanted to make the first three books and then change the ending of TDR to being the Last Battle itself. RJ said no, that wouldn't cut it. That's the only interest that's ever been shown in the property from a Japanese studio.

 

In addition, the movie/TV rights are now held by Universal and they have been developing a live-action script, spending considerable sums (probably seven figures) in securing the rights from Red Eagle. They are not interested in an animation project which will not give them much in the way of return.

 

So in summary, people disregard the anime option because:

 

1) No anime studio is interested in doing it.

 

2) The one time one was, they wanted to cut the story down to nothing and Robert Jordan rejected that.

 

3) The TV/movie rights are now held by a studio who want to do a live-action project and are not interested at all in an animated project.

 

So it's currently impossible until the rights leave Universal (which might not be for years, if decades) and no-one's interested even if the rights are available.


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#122 Roedran a'Naloy

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Posted 02 October 2013 - 06:33 AM

Oh, yes, there's little likelihood it'd ever happen, but the same could be said of everything being discussed in this thread, it's all in meaningless fun, really.



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Posted 13 October 2013 - 08:50 AM

Oh, yes, there's little likelihood it'd ever happen, but the same could be said of everything being discussed in this thread, it's all in meaningless fun, really.

 

The Wheel of Time has sold 56 million copies in the United States and Canada alone. It's probably well over 80 million (maybe even over 90 million) worldwide. That's massive numbers, closing on the Twilight series and The Chronicles of Narnia and way, way ahead of things like His Dark Materials and Eragon (which have had movies made of them) or Sword of Truth, Outlander and A Song of Ice and Fire (which have had TV series made of them).

 

Based on that massive level of success, a film or television adaptation is inevitable. It's just a question of when.


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#124 wotfan4472

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 12:26 AM

Hopefully they are starting to plan what they are doing. It has been at least 9 months since the series ended, we should at the least be hearing something from Universal.


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#125 MichaelOfTheWhite

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 03:13 AM

I would be in favour of a VR WoT experience; perhaps the books turned into an oculus rift experience. Using graphics engine, of course.