But we’re probably in the middle of Step Two for this one. A book being successful is interesting to Hollywood, but what they rightly want to see is if that book can be made into a workable screenplay. Hopefully more on this in the coming months. Brandon Sanderson My Year. The State of the Sanderson is a yearly post on Brandon's blog dedicated to summarising the past years activities and outlining future projects. Yet I had a lot of projects I thought would work really well in this space. Option lapsed this year. Peter and I both did a lot of work on it this year, so I’m hopeful we’ll have news on it in the near future. Graphic Novel Two came out this year, and was very well received. We plan there to be three graphic novels eventually, if people like them. It seems like Sanderson's response to stress/possible impending burnout is to add even more to his plate! Starsight (Skyward Two): November 2019 Now that Legion is done, the next series I want to make sure gets tied up is Alcatraz. So we jumped into a collaboration. People will have more choice and flexibility about where and when to book their stay with a longer time to travel and a greater range of accomodation providers on offer. We’re not sure, but we’re hoping a year from now that we’ll be able to offer a hardcover box set with the first four books. Along with The Original, we began several other projects like this for Mainframe. It’s important to me that I let myself do side projects to refresh myself—but I also think it’s important to keep to my Stormlight schedule. (With a very Sanderson-style take on necromancy.) (Or sometimes content distributors, like Netflix.) I suggest A Thousand Faces. It’s the story of an American metal singer living in London whose day goes from bad to worse as he gets kicked out of his band, then makes his way to his favorite pub to lick his wounds—only to end up getting shot in the head during an apparent robbery. If you’re not familiar with these posts, each December I take a look back at my year and talk about the projects I’ve been working on. We learned a lot working on White Sand, and I think we leveled up with this one. (Save for the forced artist change, something I hated to have to do. Pitched as “Harry Potter from Voldemort’s viewpoint,” the story follows this young man as he is forced to confront the possibility that he might do what the prophecies say. Starting with the title Death by Pizza had pushed me to make the story more jokey than I wanted, and had led me to cut corners on the worldbuilding in ways I didn’t like. He could bring the expertise on metal music, and I could provide the worldbuilding. The big list of projects and updates to them. It can take up to six months for these leatherbound books to be signed, printed, and bound, their slipcases made, and the whole set assembled and shipped. readers on the state However, the process of a book becoming a film or television show is a long one, involving the input of a lot of people. Find the latest tracks, albums, and images from State of the Sanderson 2019. A major bombshell update here: we have finished a first draft of this book! Sometime around March of last year, Wizards of the Coast sent me an exploratory email. It is a Dresden Files-esque urban fantasy series set in London, starring a necromancer. Not far behind is the Wit/Witless coin, which took a bit more work with the supplier to figure out how to make the tails side of this coin work the way we wanted it to. 2021 will be a year full of Sandersonian releases: we are working on a three-volumes collection of the graphic novel White Sand, which will come out in the first semester, while in the second semester we are planning the release of Arcanum Unbounded, as well as an illustrated edition of Mistborn: The Final Empire, on the heels of the leatherbound American edition. This was an exciting deal, as Mr. Levy has done some great work—including the film Real Steel, which was an excellent adaptation of the original story. I did take a day off in here to rent a theater (which was really cheap to do in the COVID months) and go see Tenet with my family. of each of his projects. Jan 4, 2020 - Introduction Welcome, everyone, to our final State of the Sanderson for the decade! It is a Dresden Files-esque urban fantasy series set in London, starring a necromancer. The Original If so, I might squeeze this in there. One of the things I asked these publishers was how people could order the books internationally, if they wanted copies. I’m eager to see what they come up with! Surprise releases are also not entirely out of the question, although the whole 2021 schedule is still quite fluid in light of the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, which might cause some delays in the second-semester releases in order to adapt to the shifts in exogenous factors and market conditions. The Stephen Leeds stories have recently been optioned for a television series by a new production company. It wouldn't do to pull a book I judged to be of inferior quality, only to replace it with a book that I … The Stormlight series has a very odd structure. But as I said above, publishers really like more time to publish books than I often give them—so here, I decided to let them guide me, as they want to relaunch the series in paperback with new cover illustrations (the illustrator we’re hoping to get is fantastic), and a box set available of the first five books next year for the holiday gift-giving season. Examples: Utah Valley, Orange County, Bay Area, Washington DC. Beyond that, it came with the implicit promise of support from Fox, meaning that we could skip the “finding a studio” step. As I mentioned above, it’s a four-book series, and when I get back to it, I anticipate doing Book Four soon after Book Three. As soon as we get the books, they’ll start going out to domestic backers. The Joe Frank Sanderson Center. While we could start taking orders, it just doesn’t feel right at this point—if I had backed a Kickstarter, I’d expect to get my book before there was even talk of selling more copies to other people. I’ll keep you updated with regular posts. (In my experience, with television, sometimes this sort of thing happens in Step Two instead—with the showrunner being involved in the pitch documents. Finally, the second installment of the Skyward series, Starsight, will come out in trade in September, alongside the mass market edition of Skyward (Vers les étoiles). I simultaneously feel like I was only just doing this, posting a State of the Sanderson for 2019—and also that the times pre-COVID like that were somehow an eternity ago. It would be too easy to keep putting off the big books until they stretch to years in the making. The Reckoners novellas are a continuation of a series I’ve finished. (And this is where I determined for certain that the series would need to be four books instead of three.). Part Four: Updates on Primary Projects Those should be coming out next year or early 2022, with the sixth and final book projected to come out in hardcover sometime in spring 2022. With a screenplay in hand and the backing of a studio or similar group, the producers can now try to get a director or actor on board with the film. See if Brandon is attending an event or signing near you. So watch for updates here. I had a few of them get back, and hopefully we’ll grow this section in future years. This is how I make myself accountable to you, as you are the means by which I even get to do this wonderful job in the first place. This crucial step will have a big influence on how/if the film will get made. Understand that this is a rough guide, and individual properties might follow a different route. Au Livre de Poche, nous sommes ravis de travailler avec Brandon Sanderson et Dragonsteel entertainment pour proposer ses romans aux lecteurs francophones du monde entier. Steelheart They don’t buy the rights completely, however. Step Three: Studio Interest Though remember, we’ve made numerous updates to the story during the adaptation process. Badali Jewelry continues to do an excellent job creating a variety of awesome artwork pieces based on my various books. Step Six: Film Gets Made This screenplay, treatment, or bible is what the producers will take around town to try to get studios, directors, and actors interested in a property. And should you have need to contact us about the Kickstarter, please check the Customer Service heading on this update. Sanderson is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Terrell County, Texas, United States. So there are no big updates for you on anything here, though I’ve still broken everything down here by series. So hopefully, my stories provide you with a little relief from these “interesting” times. Where I eventually ended up going was studying metal music culture. Might have art to show soon from the graphic novel. Dec 20, 2019 - Introduction Welcome, everyone, to our final State of the Sanderson for the decade! (Namely, the fourth Wax and Wayne book, which I’ll talk about shortly.) I’ve never met with them—or talked to them—and have no reason to believe they even know who I am. Book Six, written from Bastille’s viewpoint, will be the end of the series. (Which you should all go read, if you haven’t.) Skyward Three: 2021 Black Piper’s Kaladin album has been shipping its physical rewards for backers, and are finishing up the last steps of their Kickstarter. But that was just me mentioning in a random post that I think they do good work. This is when the option actually gets exercised, and the author gets the payment for the contract they likely signed years and years ago. A more intricate, interesting magic system. They’re currently in Step Three above, trying to get studio interest for the properties. The team put together an incredible visual, based on my outline. The film/television world is a strange place right now, with COVID, and a lot of things slowed down or got stalled. (With a very Sanderson-style take on necromancy.). (Yes, that’s a name change—no it’s not the final name, but just a placeholder.) In this case, we went with a traditional Hollywood writer’s room, letting a “showrunner” (in this case, my partner Max, with whom I founded Mainframe) guide the process. So…huzzah! Whew. Over the years, one part I didn’t like was actually the pizza aspect. This year I did something I’d been considering for a while—I asked some of my larger overseas publishers if they wanted to include any updates in the State of the Sanderson. (Which, if you somehow missed it, did come out—and is still sitting quite happily on the New York Times bestseller list many weeks later, so thank you all very much!). But it will depend on a many factors. January-March: Skyward and Legion Revisions readers on the state I’ve given it to Dan Wells, my long-time friend and sometimes partner in crime. If you're in southern British Columbia, put Vancouver or Victoria. 2021 will be a very busy and exciting year for Brandon’s French fans. I hope the holiday season is treating you all very well. The eventual goal will be to try some things like this in the Cosmere (since I’ve been getting a lot of requests for more Cosmere material). Still plan to do a revision of this and get it out, likely after Skyward Four. Dragon Wood Shop is taking preorders now. Both are getting some kind of continuation via Mainframe, my audiobook company. There has been movement since that announcement in June, but I can’t say anything publicly yet. This is the property’s third time being picked up for an option, so I’m hopeful we’ll make it work this time. This is still owned by Dan Mintz/DMG Entertainment. I’m very pleased with the music, which you can find on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon MP3, and many other digital outlets. We have a Mistborn card deck in progress with the guys at Kings Wild Project and it is turning out so nicely. For television, this often involves getting an established show runner attached. White Sand Shire Post Mint produces Mistborn coins from two distinct eras in the series. Well, the match seemed perfect. But for those who haven’t been paying attention, this series has progressed into a full-blown green light at Amazon Studios—with actual episodes being written and filming soon starting. First quarter 2022.). If you're in southern British Columbia, put Vancouver or Victoria. I wrote the outline, she did the first draft, I went through (kind of more in an editorial role) and did a second draft, then she did a third draft. You should soon have a chance to buy copies if you missed the Kickstarter, and I suspect there will be expansions in the future. Part Three: Way of Kings Leatherbound Kickstarter Updates I think they did a great job, and suggest that it would make a great accompaniment to your next Stormlight reread. (Though I’m on very good terms with the folks there.) This is probably my favorite thing about the modern writing process. The first print run of the book in Spain was 14.000 copies and we have already reprinted three times in less than a month. We had a Stormlight game in the works, but have backed up a few steps on that one for various reasons. Next year, our goal will be to get The Way of Kings leatherbound back in print, so people can have it for 2021 holiday presents. Therefore, we decided to try and basically build our own television series based on the concept, only doing it as audio dramas. Spring 2022: Alcatraz 6 Part Two: My Year Then I’ll start writing probably in March/April, with a goal to finish sometime around July. With screenplay in hand, the producers will approach the studios or larger production companies. The copy would have strict controls in place so they could be killed by the government with the press of a button, but would be given the promise that they could take their Original’s place if they succeeded in hunting them down and killing them. While the previous two announced Mainframe projects will be audio only, it’s our intention to release these Skyward novellas simultaneously in ebook and audio, with a print follow-up. The most common way a story starts on its path to an adaptation is with an option. I had the choice of pushing back the start of Stormlight Four, or doing something else for this month and trying to sneak in W&W 4 sometime next year. Crafty Games also has an expansion coming for their Mistborn: House War board game. January-March: Skyward and Legion Revisions I kicked off the year quickly doing a second draft of Skyward.Pulling The Apocalypse Guard from the publisher, then promising them Skyward to publish in the fall of 2018, meant that I had to scramble. It shouldn’t be too much longer. Hopefully we’ll be releasing tie-in novellas right around the time we release the novel, but I can’t promise exact dates. I wrote out a lengthy world guide and outline, and Peter did a lot of experimenting to find the right voice for our character. A while ago I had an idea for a story about a world where, if you committed a crime and went on the run for it, the government could create a clone of you (with your memories and personality) to hunt you down. Status: Book Six made some small progress this year. As always, this is just an estimate. Zysk has links for those who want to grab the books, though unfortunately this is a place that only ships to Europe. Welcome to my yearly wrap-up. 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