A few weeks back, I reported on the news that author Brandon Sanderson would be writing the screenplay for his own novel, Mistborn. The beloved fantasy novel has been one he’s been trying to get turned into a movie for some time no, but to no avail. So, it was a bit surprising when he revealed during one of his classes that he himself was actually writing the screenplay for the thing. At the initial time of reporting, the video where he revealed as such had not been yet made public, so we weren’t 100% sure, but with the video now out there, it’s free for all to see.
If that wasn’t enough, Sanderson even updated his website. Fans of his know that he has a set of progress bars for all of his projects. Now, there’s one more progress bar that’s been added for the Mistborn screenplay. As of this writing, it sits at 10% done. Of course, I’m assuming this is the first draft, but given how quickly he works and how short screenplays are relative to novels, I expect we’ll be seeing that bar making its way up quicker than we expect.
But don’t get too excited. None of this means that a movie is on the way just yet.
“Basically, me writing the screenplay is not what you want to have happen,” Sanderson shared to his class. “It means that I’ve given up on Hollywood writing the screenplay, and I’m just going to do it myself.”
However, it’s still great news that the author is writing the screenplay, right? Well, yes and no. On one hand, most authors wouldn’t do great screenplays because novels are a different medium from films.
I would argue that Sanderson’s books are more cinematic than most fantasy novels, and he seems to have a very Hollywood grasp of what works and what doesn’t. That being said, he concedes at his relative inexperience.
“I am not an expert screenwriter,” Sanderson continued. “I’ve only written one other screenplay in my life. So this is number two. So, I’ll need a lot of help to make it even work. Fortunately, I have some good help from some friends in Hollywood who are very good at screenplays, who are giving me advice. And I’ve done some brainstorming sessions with them. So, I’m approaching how to do this.”
For those unfamiliar, Mistborn takes place in a world where an evil Dark Lord has ruled for a thousand years. It is in this barren wasteland of a world that a band of thieves plans a heist against the Dark Lord to do what the mythical hero of legend couldn’t do a thousand years ago: save the world.
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