Wheel of Time studio signs Fast & Furious scribe

Hollywood writer Chris Morgan named as Red Eagle's story director for games based on Robert Jordan's venerated fantasy universe.

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Red Eagle Games' adaptation of Robert Jordan's monumental fantasy franchise The Wheel of Time was lent a heaping helping of clout in January, when Electronic Arts announced that it had signed on to publish the game through its EA Partners program. Today, the fantasy role-playing game from the upstart Red Eagle gained an even higher profile, as the studio announced it has signed Hollywood scribe Chris Morgan as story director on the project.

Early concept art for The Wheel of Time.
Early concept art for The Wheel of Time.

Morgan is perhaps best known for his (arguably ignominious) reputation as the writer behind a number of Hollywood blockbusters, including such heavily panned box-office successes as The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, and Wanted. Beyond his Red Eagle collaboration, Morgan is also at work on the big-screen adaptation of Epic Games' Gears of War, which is being helmed by Len Weisman for a 2010 release.

Red Eagle landed the rights to make a range of games based on Robert Jordan's fantasy novels in November. The studio plans to release games based on The Wheel of Time on all relevant platforms, including consoles, PCs, handhelds, and mobile devices. Red Eagle Games is also prepping a massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on Robert Jordan's heralded universe, which EAP will also distribute at retail.

Red Eagle expects to release the games alongside Universal Studios' theatrical releases of The Wheel of Time. Currently, the studio expects "no less than three" films based on the books, hinging upon how well the movies perform. A release date has yet to be set.

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