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Something Resembling 'The Wheel of Time' Aired Last Night On FXX 54

eldavojohn writes: If you didn't partake in the DDOS attack on Dragonmount as fans tried to figure out just what the %&#% was going on last night, you should probably prepare yourself for Billy Zane filled disappointment and watch a curious pilot covering the prologue of The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan that apparently aired around 01:30 AM Eastern time on FXX. The reviews of said pilot are unkind and appear to contain question marks all the way down starting with Jordan's Widow disavowing its authorization.

The world of film and TV development is a confusing one, but it appears that NBC initially bought options to turn it into a mini series which were then optioned by Universal/Red Eagle Entertainment in conjunction with Red Eagle Games to do a coordinated release. Red Eagle games announced a combined effort with Jet Set games and around 2012 began releasing information on an "Aiel War" project to target mobile gaming platforms. But that appeared to die with its failed kickstarter attempt. It is suspected that Red Eagle Entertainment is behind the odd FXX airing last night. Was this an eleventh hour "use it or lose it" move by Red Eagle Entertainment without Universal's knowledge? In any case, it was a secretive, odd, low-budget, disappointing start to The Wheel of Time in film.
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Something Resembling 'The Wheel of Time' Aired Last Night On FXX

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  • Slashdot was completely unusable for at least 8 hours today. Are we going to hear what happened? Granted, my boss might be thankful for what it did to my productivity (similar to how a facebook outage improved he productivity of everyone else in the group) but still it would be nice to know.
    • by ganjadude ( 952775 ) on Tuesday February 10, 2015 @10:12PM (#49026295) Homepage

      by Soulskill (1459) Works for SlashdotAlter Relationship on Tuesday February 10, 2015 @08:01PM (#49025995) Homepage
      Before anyone asks: we've been down most of the day because of a disk that went bad in one of our servers. Siteops has been slaving away at a lengthy restore, and hopefully we're good to go, now. Apologies!

      by Soulskill (1459) Works for SlashdotAlter Relationship on Tuesday February 10, 2015 @08:36PM (#49026143) Homepage
      It was more than a simple hardware failure -- the storage cluster software we're using had an issue that not only obliterated data, but managed to take out its own repair functionality. We had proper backups and didn't lose anything permanently, but had to do a much larger rebuild than if a disk just died.

    • I just assumed they finally disappeared up Bennett Haselton's ass.

    • by dywolf ( 2673597 )

      none of my nerdy senses picked up on a WOT tv pilot.
      this sounds like something was pumped out to use a contract option before it expired.

  • by grrrl ( 110084 ) on Tuesday February 10, 2015 @10:03PM (#49026249)
    The pilot was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings or endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.
  • by ColdWetDog ( 752185 ) on Tuesday February 10, 2015 @10:04PM (#49026253) Homepage

    At the pace that pilot is going (I just watched the first little bit), this series could end up with a run time of several hundred years.

    Let's move it, people.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 10, 2015 @10:53PM (#49026429)

      So basically it's staying true to the books completely.

      • Yes, you were joking, however, it made a number of shocking omissions in the few minutes it actually did run. It was as if, realising they had nil for a SFX budget, they decided that Lews Therin did himself in with a knife instead of overdrawing on the source and creating Dragonmount. Also, there was no rippling of floors and walls in after-shock from him using the power to murder his entire family.

        The other bits weren't that bad though. No, wait, they were. They got Ilyena "Sunhair"'s hair colour wrong.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 10, 2015 @10:10PM (#49026289)

    but have no idea what the hell you are blathering on about.

    What is FXX? What is the wheel of time? Some old song is all I Know.

    Not everyone lives in the United States, and watches FXX (what is that Foxconn tv?) and anticipated the wheel in the sky by Journey.

  • The pure radiance of Better Call Saul eclipsed all else, and was probably responsible for bringing down Slashdot itself.

    • Saul's brother's mental illness and fear of electromagnetic spectrum was transmitted to an admin who shut off all of the power in the cage to protect himself

  • Better quality (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Link in the posting is terrible. Here's a better quality video if its ok to post.

    Honestly, as a reader of the books I don't see whats so bad about it so far. I mean, the stuff with Lews Therin and parts before the Breaking were obviously in more modern times if you stop and think about it.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    In all, I kinda like seeing the widow take the shaft on this one. She's a control freak of the most annoying kind. I quit reading the books when she refused to make the eBooks available at the same time the print books came out. Protecting the legacy my ass. I think the only reason Brandon put up with her on the last books was because there was easy money in taking what was already nearly complete and finishing it.

    I truly hope that production company makes a run with it, without her consent.

  • by ( 245670 ) on Wednesday February 11, 2015 @06:16AM (#49027635)

    It is suspected that Red Eagle Entertainment is behind the odd FXX airing last night.

    What was your first clue? Was it the title card that says, "A RED EAGLE ENTERTAINMENT AND RADAR TELEVISION PRODUCTION"?

  • I heard... (Score:5, Funny)

    by clickety6 ( 141178 ) on Wednesday February 11, 2015 @07:03AM (#49027737)
    I heard it was just 30 minutes of a long-haired brunette tugging on her braided hair.

    Critics are calling it the most accurate book-to-TV adaptation yet.

  • I would have him in my home movies, if possible.

  • This was just awful. My biggest fear is that they're going to utterly screw this up - and basically make this.

    Why can't HBO pick this up and make a GoT level effort out of it?

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