Wheel of Time is one of the most expensive shows Amazon has ever done

It takes a lot of money to put together a high fantasy series like Wheel of Time, with all the gorgeous views, huge capes, dramatic horseback riding, flashy weapons, and all that magic. In fact, it turns out to be one of the most expensive shows Amazon has ever done.

Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of TV at Amazon Studios, confirmed this in an interview with IGN. He brought this up when I asked about previous testimony from showrunner Rafe Judkins who the budget was “tiny” compared to Amazon’s other high fantasy adaptation, Lord of the Rings.

“Wheel Of Time is one of our most expensive shows we’ve ever done,” he replied. “So we’re really proud of the investment and we think it’s on screen and we’re spending more season two than we did the first.”

Sanders couldn’t come up with specific numbers, but elsewhere in our interview he expressed a lot of optimism about these high-fantasy and sci-fi novel adaptations as fodder for epic storytelling opportunities that Amazon is interested in. For example, he firmly believes that Wheel of Time will not be cannibalized by Lord of the Rings’ higher profile and budget in future seasons, and that the two shows will help build each other’s audiences over time.

He is also positive about Amazon’s collaboration with Neil Gaiman on the Good Omens series, as well as relationships with the Tolkien estate and the various actors in Wheel of Time, such as the Jordan family. Amazon may also review other literature in similar genres for future effort.

“It’s the age of genre and fantasy fandom,” said Sanders. “I think what’s coming, at least here, what’s coming on Prime Video and Amazon is going to blow people away, and so we couldn’t be more proud to be the home of this content.”

Amazon’s Wheel of Time Cast

We really enjoyed the first three episodes of Wheel of Time, said the series was “superb, well-acted, and well-written” and had a good balance of source material understanding without sticking to the original. The last episode was a little less exciting for us, and the series’ first season will conclude later this week. The wheel of time was already there extended for a second season.

Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.

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