Dark One: TV Series, Graphic Novel, Book Series, and Podcast?


Deadline has announced some pretty exciting news today about a story Brandon has been wanting to write for years, Dark One. This story, which has slipped in and out of the Cosmere over the years, is about a young man who instead being the hero prophesied to save the world, is the one destined to destroy it. The last we had heard about it was in last year's State of the Sanderson:

Quote

Dark One

My eternal “like Harry Potter from Voldemort’s viewpoint” fantasy sequence is still hanging out, buzzing at the sides of my brain. I wrote a really spectacular outline for it this summer, one I love quite a bit, and it got both television and graphic novel interest—but these are deals still very much in the works, so I can’t talk about them yet.

I’m pleased with what I have though, and feel this series has moved for the first time in a long while. Note that I did end up pulling it out of the Cosmere, as it ended up working better as a dark secondary world fantasy than it did as a Cosmere YA series. It went both older, and more twisted, in the current outline. Hopefully, by next year’s State of the Sanderson we’ll have something more solid to announce.

Status: Exciting developments in the works!

Well it seems that that interest bore fruit as in their announcement Deadline reveals that not only is there a television series and graphic novel in the works, but there is also a multi-volume book series and a podcast are as well. The tv series is being developed by FreemantleMedia North America with Random House Studio and the graphic novel will be published by Vault Comics. Where the tv series and graphic novel appear to be planned to tell the same story, the book series will expand on it while focusing on secondary characters and the podcast will explore the events leading up to the tv series. Here is the pitch given by Deadline:

Quote

Dark One will be a dramatic fantasy adventure spotlighting a young man who sees visions of strange and fantastical worlds, which he is told are just hallucinations. But this dark and deadly fantasy world that keeps coming to him is actually a real vision of another world – one where he has been prophesied to become a tyrant and destroy this land of interesting creatures, sporadic electrical currents and a darkening landscape.

I for one am always excited to hear about new Brandon projects on the horizon. I know that Brandon's previous foray into graphic novels has been met with mixed opinions, but I'm happy to see that hasn't given up on the medium. Ultimately I'm very interested to see how this story will play out over four different media! Brandon has tried a much more limited version of this before, with Legion (the original plan was for him to write the novellas to tie into a tv series). This however is much more ambitious, but Brandon is also a much bigger deal. There are no dates for anything yet, but I think the future is promising.

21




User Feedback


Because Brandon just doesn't know how to do only one thing at a time.

10

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites
ccstat

Posted (edited)

Neato! I'm interested to see how the multi-media approach works out. In that respect it's similar to the kingkiller adaptations currently in the works.

I'm not quite sure what "dark and twisted" means in the context of a Sanderson project.

I wonder how that "multi-volume" projection impacts his publishing obligations, since these apparently fall under his Random House works (Reckoners, Skyward, etc.)

From the article, this quote by Brandon is interesting.

Quote

I’m used to painting a picture in words. Dark One came to life when I freed myself to think of it as a project for actual visual media, with the setting, characters and outline all coming together.

I wonder what visual storytelling techniques made it start working.

Edited by ccstat
1

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

At what point can I say that I think Brandon's aiming for a monopoly on the entertainment industry? Not that I'm complaining...much preferable to our other options 

3

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites
king of nowhere

Posted

It's far from the first similar announcement I read, and nothing ever came from them. I'm not an expert on the media industry, but this doesn't seem all that different from the others. I attune the rithm of skepticism, and I will keep it until I am at the movie theater watching the end titles.

5

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

The only reason I have mixed feelings about this is, I'm already worried that I won't live to see Book 10 of the Stormlight Archives. I would NEVER want to inhibit Brandon's creativity! ... but sometimes I'd like to ask him, "Don't you want your parents to live to read the final book in your life's greatest work?" Ah well. I haven't had TV in over 15 years, but if the TV series does ever get produced, that means I'll have to get cable because no way am I missing a Sander-show. :)

3

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites
Pattern

Posted

9 hours ago, thegatorgirl00 said:

It seems there really is always another secret project. -_-

I guess now we know what has progressed to 75%...

Brandon not being able to talk about his secret project for contractual reasons - this might be it.

2

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites
Snorkel

Posted

I like the sound of a companion book series, rather than a double-up

1

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites
whattheHoid

Posted

This sounds real neat, I, too, however worry that I won't live or Brandon won't live to finish Stormlight. He seems to do everything and always has another secret!

2

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites


Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now