Aug 13, 2008 02:32 PM EST

Universal Aquires Rights To Fantasy Epic, Wheel of Time

Universal Aquires Rights To Fantasy Epic, Wheel of Time
"The Wheel of Time", the late Robert Jordan's bestselling novel series, will be adapted into a film.  Universal Pictures has acquired the rights, according to Variety. 

The book series has sold more than 44 million copies worldwide.  It also has been the basis for computer, trading-card and role-playing games; a soundtrack; and comic books.

"The Eye of the World", the first in the novel series, will be the first adaption created.  The series follows 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.

Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon will be producing the film.
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