Yesterday, Deadline announced that the film rights for Snapshot, Brandon's new novella coming out next month, have been optioned by MGM. Snapshot is set within the same multiverse as The Reckoners, and depicts a world where they are able to re-create a single day in order for the police to investigate major crimes. Here's the cover blurb:
Snapshot is a Science Fiction detective story following Anthony Davis, a cop assigned to Snapshot Duty. In this vivid world that author Brandon Sanderson has built, society can create a snapshot of a specific day in time. The experiences people have, the paths they follow—all of them are real again for a one day in the snapshot. All for the purposes of investigation by the court.
Davis's job as a cop on Snapshot Duty is straight forward. Sometimes he is tasked with finding where a criminal dumped a weapon. Sometimes he is tasked with documenting domestic disputes. Simple. Mundane. One day, in between two snapshot assignments, Davis decides to investigate the memory of a call that was mysteriously never logged at the precinct, and he makes a horrifying discovery.
As in all many stories, Snapshot follows a wonderfully flawed character as he attempts to solve a horrific crime. Sanderson proves that no matter the genre, he is one of the most skilled storytellers in the business.
In case you have been living under a rock, and missed last October's major news, this is not the first of Brandon's works to be optioned for film. The rights for the entire Cosmere sequence are held by DMG (who are focusing on The Way of Kings, Mistborn, and The Emperor's Soul) and the rights for The Reckoners are held by 21 Laps, Shawn Levy's company at Fox. Interestingly enough this is not the first time one of Brandon's works has been optioned for film prior to being released, it happened with Steelheart as well. I for one am excited to here this. I think the premise of Snapshot sounds really interesting and am curious to see how it could turn out in film.