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Fans of Robert Jordan's WHEEL OF TIME series prepare to be excited/nervous!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I can't say I'm familiar with Robert Jordan's series... I know of the WHEEL OF TIME series, of course... in fact a really good friend of mine obsessively reads the series and promises me they aren't just Tolkien knockoffs like I took them to be by judging the books by their covers. But I'm not a big Fantasy reader outside of a few key series that I take to, like Naomi Novik's TEMERAIRE books. However, I know there's a huge following for the books and know that a lot of people are going to be psyched to hear that Universal has optioned the series. Check out the Variety story below:
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 Wheel of Time" follows, among its dozens of characters, Rand al’Thor, the latest incarnation of a force for good called "The Dragon." Rand is born to fight an evil character called Shai’tan. "Wheel of Time" books have sold 44 million copies worldwide and spawned computer, trading-card and role-playing games; a soundtrack; comicbooks; and numerous fan sites. The four most recent installments have reached No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. 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." Jordan died last year at 58, but the final book in the series is still set for publication in fall 2009, with fellow fantasy scribe Brandon Sanderson writing the novel’s conclusion from Jordan’s notes and tapes.

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