Mistborn Author Offers CD Projekt Red The Rights To Make Books Into A Video Game


CD Projekt Red is one of the most loved and respected game developers out there right now. CDPR, as they are called for short, made the three video games based on The Witcher, culminating in the multi-award-winning The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt a few years ago.

At the time CDPR negotiated the rights to The Witcher from author Andrzej Sapkowski, the books were not very popular in the western English speaking world. As such Sapkowski wanted a flat fee for the rights instead of a percentage of the profits, which allegedly CDPR offered him.

It’s now several years later and The Witcher is hugely popular thanks to the series of games and a result Sapkowski’s books have been printed by the boatload in English and are read by fans all over the world. As a result of this Netflix have acquired the film rights to the books and are making a The Witcher TV show and starring Henry Cavill.

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Ok, that’s the backstory, still with me? Good.

So Sapkowski has shocked fans recently by announcing he will sue CDPR for up to $16 Million and knowing quite a bit of the story, fans of both the games and the books have come together to pretty much back CDPR, because they really didn’t appear to have done anything wrong.

A thread on Reddit had fans discussing this story and generally giving their support to CDPR when Mistborn author Brandon Sanderson logged in and basically offered CDPR the rights to make a game about his Mistborn universe. Sanderson even said he would consider giving them away for free, because he had so much respect for the developers. Not to leave things there, Sanderson also had a small dig at ‘self important fantasy authors’ Check it out below.

You guys might find this amusing. I read this threat last night at about 3:00, and came REALLY close to posting, “Dear CD Projekt. You can have the Mistborn rights, if you want them…” But this was looking like it would explode as a thread, and I REALLY didn’t want to wake up to several hundred replies in my inbox. I have work to do today…

In all seriousness, I’d love to do something with CDPR. They’ve made by far the best book-to-video game adaptations ever. It’s the sort of thing the rest of us salivate over–if for the simple reason that the entire genre (books, film, and games) benefit from something high-quality on the market like the Witcher games.

I would seriously consider giving CD Project Red the rights to my books for free, because the overall cultural impact that a great story adaptation can have is enormous. Though…I suspect they’re done dealing with self-important fantasy authors, and are likely more interested in creating their own new IPs.

This is pretty cool from Sanderson and whilst I have never read his books, yet, I agree with his sentiment. If CDPR make a smash hit game, guess what happens to books sales and the number of fans of the book? Just look at The Witcher.

Either way, this seems highly unlikely any time soon as CDPR are currently putting the finishing touches to Cyberpunk 2077, a game years in the making. They have also hinted that they would like to make The Witcher 4, although the game would definitely not star normal lead character Geralt, his story finished in the third game in a very satisfactory manner. Maybe they could think about Mistborn in 2026 sometime, who knows?

What do you think of Sandersons offer, any fans of the Mistborn books? Do you think Mistborn would be a good game for CDPR to develop? Sound off in the usual place below.

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SOURCE: Brandon Sanderson (via Reddit)

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