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Mistborn Author Brandon Sanderson Made These Characters Female In The Screenplay

The Mistborn screenplay has some surprises in store.

It’s not very often that writers get to adapt their own work. Film and novels are such different mediums that the mindsets needed to write each version tend to clash. However, if there’s one author I think would do a great job with this, it’s Brandon Sanderson. Though he rights giant tomes for books, he has a very mainstream mindset. His books are very accessible and focused on character so much that I can see him working as a screenwriter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe if he wanted. 

But I guess we’ll just have to settle for Mistborn, perhaps Sanderson’s most widely read novel. As we reported some time ago, he was hard at work churning out the screenplay version of the novel. But before you get too excited, it doesn’t sound like he has any deal with a studio just yet or assurances of it being made. This very much seems to be half a writing experiment for him and half him hoping his version could kickstart some real interest in actually adapting it for the big screen. However, as he stated recently in a signing video on his YouTube channel, it could still very much end up in a different medium. Namely, a TV show.

But that doesn’t make this any less exciting. In many ways, it gives Sanderson a chance to do things over — such as adding more women to the team.

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“I said before that I wish there were more women on the team in Mistborn. When I went into Mistborn, I’m like, ‘I’m gonna make this a book about a young woman,'” Sanderson recalled. “I’d read a whole ton of Hero’s Journeys about young boys — which I like, and they’re great books — and I wanted to do this character different. But I was so focused on her, that I let a lot of the other team just default to male.”

This is something he’s fixing in the Mistborn screenplay.

“Both Dox and Ham are female in the screenplay,” Sanderson continued. “Ham, in particular works really well as a woman, because one of the things that I wanted to do was kind of play with Vin’s conceptions of how a thieving crew works, because she’s worked in bad ones, and not understanding how a great team can work. And so I have a great scene where she misinterprets everybody’s job in the crew from glancing at them and making a quick judgment.”

Again, I feel the need to reiterate that there is no guarantee this screenplay will ever turn into a movie. But it is interesting to see an author get a chance to revisit an older work and make substantive changes.

How do you feel about Dox and Ham being changed into women for the Mistborn screenplay? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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