Amazon’s new fantasy fiction based on Robert Jordan’s literary saga has been filming for two years in the Czech Republic and reveals its first images.
Its director, Rafe Judkins, says that The Wheel of Time is the perfect bridge between Game of Thrones and The Lord of the rings. And like these previous adventures, the new Amazon series is the adaptation of a fantasy literary saga of 15 best-selling novels, based on Celtic and Norse mythology.
It is one of the most anticipated series of the year, and will arrive on Amazon Prime in November, after more than two years of filming in the Czech Republic.. Its creators have been revealing some of the keys to this series that will star Rosamund Pike, and for whom they dream of creating 8 seasons – although at the moment there are only two engaged -, on social networks.
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In addition to presenting its protagonists, we have been learning details that the showrunner Rafe Judkins was revealing, as the director himself cried with the first performance of the Spanish actor Álvaro Morte (the professor of The Money Heist ), who here plays the villain. Login. In fiction he is a man capable of using magic and he thinks that this makes him a king in a world where this power is reserved for women. The Aes Sedai, a mystical order for women only, disagree and he is their great enemy. They imprison him to strip him of his powers.
In addition, in various encounters with fans, JUdkins has been revealing some data of the series, such as the differences between the books and the audiovisual version, or some of the production secrets linked, for example, to weapons, instruments or props.
The director of the television series, who was already a big fan of the novels, also points out, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, that one of the substantial differences of this saga, with respect to Game of Thrones O The Lord of the rings is that the world he portrays is absolutely matriarchal, ruled by women, since they are the only ones with the ability to do magic. He explains it like this:
“The greatest kingdom on earth with no name in the novels is ruled by a queen who will pass her crown on to her daughter instead of her son, and uneasy peace is maintained by the mystical order of women Aes Sedai”
The series’ production process has been complex, and no resources have been spared to create the universe depicted in the books in three dimensions.
“We literally built Shadar Logoth from scratch for a scene that takes just 15 minutes of broadcast, because it is important to the series”,
Judkins says about the infamous abandoned city, which is so charged with dark energy that even the monstrous Trollocs who hunt down the protagonists fear stepping on it. “That’s where it becomes very clear that it is not just the forces of good and evil. There are many different angles.”
The director is clear that it is key to be faithful to the books to guarantee the success of this series to go beyond the large fan base of the saga. “I try to stick to the spine and the heart of the books, and bring it to the screen,” Judkins says of his philosophy as a showrunner. “If I can do that successfully, the story and the characters will sell themselves,” he concludes.