She’s directed some of our favorite shows.
Amazon’s long-anticipated Wheel of Time adaptation has found its director.
IGN can reveal that Westworld helmer Uta Briesewitz will direct the first two episodes of Amazon’s sprawling fantasy series, based on the books by Robert Jordan.
Briesewitz is no stranger to high-concept genre offerings – she directed the best episode of Westworld Season 2 – the poetic Kiksuya, which followed Ghost Nation warrior Akecheta’s journey to consciousness – and has helmed two episodes of the upcoming Stranger Things Season 3.
She’s also directed episodes of Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and The Defenders, plus Altered Carbon and The Deuce, so we can’t wait to see what she does with Jordan’s magical landscape.
The series will reportedly begin filming this September in Prague, with Rafe Judkins serving as showrunner.
Per Amazon, “The Wheel of Time is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists, but only women can use it. Meaning that in this series — women hold the keys to power. The story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the ‘Aes Sedai’ as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women. Moiraine’s interested in these five because she believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it.”
For more on the series, here’s everything you need to know about Wheel of Time.