When I first spotted this story, I was confused. Did FXX air a pilot for Robert Jordan’s Wheel Of Time but not tell anyone about it?
Well..all signs are pointing to yes and, considering just how upset Jordan’s wife is, I have no idea how long any of the things I was able to find will stay up. That said, here’s what I was able to find out:
A show by the name of “Winter Dragon” aired on FXX February 9th at 1:30am. There’s no doubt that it’s based on WoT, but the official reaction from Robert Jordan’s widow makes it clear that she never gave anyone the right to make it.
Actor Max Ryan, who was in the show as Lews Therin, shared behind the scenes photos on Instagram. There are BTS photos up on Tumblr with a link to the director (who’s been talking about it on Twitter).
Equally crazy, Billy Zane is in it. It also looks like this had an insanely short production schedule and it almost comes off like some short film project that got shown on TV.
I was also able to find it on You Tube. I have no idea how long the link will last, but you can watch it after the break if you’re so inclined.
Statement from Harriet McDougal Rigney, Robert Jordan’s wife and editor:
“This morning brought startling news. A “pilot” for a Wheel of Time series, the “pilot” being called Winter Dragon, had appeared at 1:30 in the morning, East Coast time, on FXX TV, a channel somewhere in the 700s (founded to concentrate on comedy, according to the Washington Post).
It was made without my knowledge or cooperation. I never saw the script. No one associated with Bandersnatch Group, the successor-in-interest to James O. Rigney, was aware of this.
Bandersnatch has an existing contract with Universal Pictures that grants television rights to them until this Wednesday, February 11 – at which point these rights revert to Bandersnatch.
I see no mention of Universal in the “pilot”. Nor, I repeat, was Bandersnatch, or Robert Jordan’s estate, informed of this in any way.
I am dumbfounded by this occurrence, and am taking steps to prevent its reoccurrence.”
Photo via JoannaLanister