The Wheel Of Time Universe Set To Expand With New YA Animated Movie

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Summary

  • Expanding the Wheel of Time universe, a new animated movie based on the popular book and TV series is in development, offering fans more fantasy adventures.
  • Directed by Jay Oliva, known for his work on Marvel and DC animated projects, the upcoming prequel film called The White Tower follows a young girl’s journey to train with the Aes Sedai.
  • The movie will delve into the backstory of the Wheel of Time world and explore the protagonist’s solo expedition to the revered White Tower, adding depth to the established narrative.


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The Wheel of Time universe is set to expand beyond the current television series, with a new animated movie based on the expansive fantasy world now in the works. Drawing on the bestselling novels by Robert Jordan, Prime Video’s The Wheel of Time made its streaming debut in November 2021. It has recently concluded its season 2 run, with the new season’s storyline loosely based on Jordan’s second and third books, The Great Hunt and The Dragon Reborn. Filming on The Wheel of Time season 3 had already commenced prior to this year’s WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

Per a new report from Deadline, seasoned Marvel and DC animated director Jay Oliva has been set to direct a new young adult animated Wheel of Time film that will serve as a prequel to the show’s established narrative. Dubbed The White Tower, the 3D animated adventure will chart the story of a young girl forced to travel alone to the titular location to train under the Aes Sedai. Based on an original screenplay by Thor screenwriter Zack Stentz, the project is currently eying an early 2024 start. Check out Oliva’s comments below:

“I am so excited to be joining this amazing creative team. Reading Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time inspired me to become a filmmaker, and having an opportunity to explore the world he created has been a lifelong dream of mine. The rich history of The White Tower has intrigued me, and the expansive backstory of the books gives the creative team the freedom to tell a fresh and imaginative story within the familiar world that was so meticulously crafted by Jordan in The Wheel of Time.”


Will The New Wheel of Time Prequel Risk Diverting Even Further From Jordan’s Books?

Moiraine looking at the distance in The Wheel of Time season 2

Widely hailed as one of the more influential works of modern fantasy, anticipation was high when it was announced that Prime Video would be adapting the books in Jordan’s beloved Wheel of Time saga. Spanning a total of 14 enormous novels, plus its own prequel and two additional companion books, the sheer wealth of source material offered the streamer a unique opportunity to craft an enduring fantasy show capable of dwarfing the longevity and popular appeal of other fantasy shows like Game of Thrones.

However, when season 1 was first released, reactions were mixed, and a great deal of criticism was leveled at changes made to Jordan’s original Wheel of Time storylines. While this year’s season 2 seemed to fare better with audiences and critics alike, the show has continued its trend of making significant alterations to the source material. With a new prequel now expanding the Wheel of Time universe, the decision to craft an entirely original story separate from Jordan’s own works appears to be a risky endeavor, one which may serve to further alienate fans of the original books.

Having penned his own prequel novel, New Spring, which explains the backstory of Rosamund Pike’s Moiraine Damodred, many familiar with Jordan’s work would have naturally assumed plans for this new prequel would follow that story. Instead, The White Tower will reportedly follow a currently unnamed protagonist from a remote mountain village, a vastly different background to Moiraine’s own royal past. Whether the Wheel of Time movie will overcome the sorts of critiques currently being leveled at the show remains to be seen, and Oliva may still seek to return more closely to Jordan’s expansive lore.

Source: Deadline