|Thus Spake The Creator
Movies and so forth
Q: Any chance of your books becoming movies?
A: Not under my control.
Q: Since there are currently WOT card games and video
games in the works, what other mediums will we see in the
future? Comic Books? Films?
A: I really don't know. I just take it as it comes. There
will be a line of Wheel of Time fantasy clothing and
jewelry. There's a company that wants to make WOT weapons--swords,
etc.-- but nothing in the way of games that I can discuss.
Q: Have you ever considered making the Wheel of time
into a movie?
A: With almost every book that has come out, and
certainly every one that has made the bestseller lists,
there's a feeler about a movie but it always goes away,
because any one of these books would have to be a TV
miniseries. There's no way that I can see to compress
them into a three hour movie or even a four hour movie.
That's not to say it won't happen, but I don't really
Q: Would you ever consent to a movie?
A: Sure! But who's going to make a movie at 16 or 18
hours per book? If anybody out there actually thinks he
can cut one of these books down to a two hour movie, I
suspect he's been drinking something funny !
Comment: Well, there's always the option of a mini-series.
What are the chances of seeing any adaptations either
film or television of any characters from Wheel of Time?
really don't know. I occasionally have gotten approaches
in the past, but the books are all so long and involved
that I think it would take a 16-hour movie to do any one
of the books. We'll see what happens.
Q: Would you allow the series to
be made into a series of movies if the were going to be
as great as the books?
A: Sure. If they were going to be
as good as the books.
Q: Do you think a two hour movie
could ever do the series justice? Or would it at least
have to be a trilogy of some sort?
A: I think it would take at least
18 or 20 hours of movie to do any one of the books. Which
means, I suppose, that none of them will ever be done as
Q: do you see a movie coming in
A: Not unless someone wants to make
an 18 hour film. That's how long any one of these books
would take, I believe.,
Q: A miniseries?
A: and no one is doing miniseries
any more.: Of course, "New Spring" has just
been released but no one has come sniffing around yet.
Boorman would be the guy...
Q: What is going on with the NBC Eye of the World mini-series?
A: To the best of my knowledge, nothing whatsoever. I
have been told that the people who were key in making the
deal in the first place have all left NBC now. So I'm
afraid that nothing is going to happen there.
Q: What are your feelings about the card game and
upcoming role-playing game based on WoT?
A: So far I've heard only good things. I don't know how
much I'll be involved.
Q: The Wheel of Time series is very popular and I believe
the PC game using the unreal engine has done very well.
Has there been any plans to branch into other mediums
such as film or tv?
A: Well, NBC has an option for a miniseries, but I
understand the option is unlikely to be renewed. I guess
you can write to the network
Q: Has there been any serious discussion about making
a WoT movie?
A: Yes. Not a movie as such, but a miniseries. NBC
has purchased an option to do a miniseries of "The
Eye of the World." Most options are not exercised,
however. If you want NBC to make the miniseries, write to
them and say "make the miniseries of 'The Eye of the
Q: "Winter's Heart" (The
audio version is being referred to - Raina) came
out unabridged, which is the first time your books have
been unabridged for the retail market. Did you have any
influence in that?
A: Yes I did. I very much wanted it to come out
unabridged, because I have a first cousin once removed
who is dyslexic and she could not manage to read the
books very well, and she wanted to. So, I agitated to get
an unabridged edition done from the very beginning. And I
also pressed for there to be a man to read the male point
of view sections and a woman to read the female point of
view sections. At first I was told it was not necessary
and that it was not done. And I said, "We'd like it
done." Various people finally agreed with me.
Q: You must have heard the abridged versions.
A: Please don't get me off on that.
Q: Oh, go ahead. This is my big bugaboo too.
A: I don't like abridged versions, and particularly with
something as long as my own books. In the abridged
versions as much as 90 percent of the book has to be cut
out, so I don't like them. As a matter of fact, I made
sure that no one could do an abridged version of this
latest book. I still own those particular rights,
specifically defined, and I do not intend to let anybody
I do not believe in abridgements. I think abridgements
tell people that they are getting a dumbed down version
of something. What people think they're getting is an
easier or faster version, but what they are actually
getting is the version for dummies.
Q: Do you listen to many audiobooks?
A: Not to a great extent, sometimes in the evening. But
most of the time I read the actual hardbacks. I read
books before they ever hit the audio stage and I listen
to music most of the time.
A question about a WoT movie: .
A: A japanese company contacted me about doing an
animated movie. I told them no, because they wanted to do
a movie based on two or three books, and I said 'no, I
won't do that.' (Then he talked about NBC acquiring an
option about doing a miniseries based on the first book
and options to buy options on the other books, and that
there was quite some progress made by the people involved
and then "those people promptly left NBC" and
NBC has let the option lapse... ) It's a chancy thing. I
would not support anyone doing a feature film of, say,
The Eye of the World. I do not think it could be
compressed into three hours. Certainly not into two. That
would make it incomprehensible. But... [end of this
side of the tape]
... the screenwriter makes further changes, because,
although it's a collaborative effort, if the director
says I don't like this, do it some other way, do it this
way, and the screenwriter does that. And if the
screenwriter doesn't do that, they'll get another
screenwriter. And then the actor says 'I don't believe
this character would say this.' And the actress says I
don't want to do that, see, I want to do it this way, so
they change the dialogue, and they change the scene. And
the director, again, comes up and says 'I think it should
be done in this fashion' and he shapes it.
And what goes up on the screen bears, you hope, some
resemblance to what was on the page.
Q: Which actors and actresses would you
cast if a movie were made, and you had that power?
A: That power is never given to a writer of a book,
believe me. I know that there are websites, more than
one, that have sections or they have posts that this
actor or that actress for this role or that role. I don't
htink I've ever really thought about it. To me a movie is
something that would be nice if it happened. A miniseries....
... ...if Thom should be Sean Connery or Patrick
Stewart. I'm sorry, I simply have never thought about
Q: How closely are you involved in the role-playing
game of the Wheel of Time?
A: I assume you mean the work of Wizards of the Coast,
the Dungeons & Dragon type game? Q: Yeah.
Uhm, I really don't know how closely involved I am, to
tell you the truth. I told them I want to be.., I want to
have approval. I want to be involved from the earliest
stages and beyond.
As near as I can tell, so far that's resulted in me being
sent a table of contents. I haven't seen anything else.
We'll see what happens, I don't know.
Q: Mister Jordan what do you think about the short
movie that there going to make about Lews therin breaking
the world (I read it on the dragonmount site). Do you
improve that Idea?
A: I don't know anything about someone making a short
movie about LTT breaking the world but if someone intends
that they better talk to me first. I know lawyers who eat
shotguns shells for breakfast.
If a well-known composer would like to compose a
musical score for your entire books, what would your
opinion about that be? Would you like it?
Id be very interested to see what he or she would
Q: Would you like to
see the Wheel of Time made into a movie - or movies? If
so, who would you like to see play Rand?
A: I would very much like to see the Wheel of Time made
into a miniseries for television, perhaps by someone like
HBO. They do very good work, and there would be no
commercial interruptions. I don't think I would let one
of the books be made into a movie. Such a movie would
have to be at least five or six hours long, perhaps
longer, just for one book, to maintain the coherence of
the story, and movies of that sort aren't being made by
anyone I know of. As to who should play Rand, I really
don't know. How many good, young actors are there who
happen to be six feet five inches tall?
Reports from signings
I did learn that in addition to the Card game and
computer game and clothing line there will be a line of
museum quality replica weapons. Someone asked excitedly
about the SCA and RJ said that these would be real
weapons since he didn't like play war [which is
He says that unabridged books-on-tape production of
TEOTW and ACOS are forthcoming. When, I dunno; I got the
impression it was still a rather nebulous plan, but Tor (or
whoever) _has_ agreed to do them. The two mentioned above
will be the first released, and the intermediary books
will come out on tape in due course. The idea is to get a
woman to read the parts which are in a woman's POV and a
man to read the parts in a man's POV. Marina Sirtis of
Star Trek fame, and Ben Kingly were mentioned as possible
Also (and I'm not sure if this is new to anyone) he
told me that NBC has signed an option to make 'Eye of the
World' into a mini-series (4-6 hours). He doesn't know if
it will definitely go ahead or not.
Oh and he said he
had signed a contract with NBC (i think) for a mini-series
to be made of "The Eye of the world".The guy
who wrote the sreen play for merlin is writing it.
The Museum Replica weapons are good. The design work (some
of it at least) was done by the same person who did the
maps, for a somewhat unusual price. I don't quite recall
their name, and can't decipher my handwriting now.
Apparently a Dorset House (?) is currently
planning to produce replica of jewelry (such as the Aes
Sedai rings, Moiraine's forehead jewel) and articles of
clothing (like the Shawls) for the market.
There was a question about the Tolkien movie and if
anything similar would be done with WoT. Jordan mentioned
the NBC miniseries, and the option to take options on the
other parts. Also that each book deserved at least a
miniseries. Perhaps New Spring could be done in a three
hour feature length movie. "I'm not saying that it
will be done, but it could."
He also said that his editor was telling him that perhaps
it was "time to start shopping this around again. I
didn't have to go to him to say 'hey you think anybody
would be interested'"
Another point he mentioned was that if nothing would
happen he wouldn't mind it too much, he never set out to
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