J. Michael Straczynski and Brandon Working on Dark One TV Pilot (Update)


Here's an interesting news piece from San Diego Comic Con. J. Michael Straczynski--of Babylon 5 and Sense8, and a big time TV writer--is working with Brandon Sanderson for a pilot for the USA Network. It's apparently an urban fantasy that JMS says "turns many of the standard tropes upside down." 

We seem to think this is potentially about Dark One, but we don't actually know. We were told Dark One was a portal fantasy--a person taken from Earth to another world--which isn't quite urban fantasy. This could be something different. It's hard to say at this stage. Edit: Brandon confirmed on Reddit yesterday that this is indeed related to Dark One! Brandon reports that Straczynski has been a lot of fun to work with, but he can't say much more for the time being.

Regardless of what this is, I personally am extremely excited about this collaboration. Babylon 5 was one of my very favorite TV shows and I think JMS and Brandon would fit exceptionally well together. We don't know if JMS would work on the show past the pilot, and even if the pilot is produced, that doesn't mean the TV show will actually run. But here's hoping, right?

Thanks to The Wertzone for bringing this to our attention!

Edited by Chaos




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This is HUUUUUGE!!! B5 was one of the best shows ever; for its day, it was cutting edge. But the best thing -- what JMS is known for -- is complex & interesting characters who go through development arcs (G'Kar & Londo are a couple examples). And Brandon has that same strength if not more so. A creative match made in entertainment heaven, IMHO. This time Brandon's work might actually get produced!! 

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tabitreader

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Wouldn't this project be for the short story Snapshot? I personally prefer the Dark One premise. 

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Two greats working together. My best guess is the pilot – if it gets picked up at all – will be grabbed by HBO to replace GoT, or by Amazon who has made some interesting bets on Good Omens and Electric Dreams. However, if this is a new series (and not an adaptation) it will unfortunately be a harder sell. 

Hopefully the sh***** that was GoT and the new Star Trek has convinced some execs that good writing is a better bet than name recognition...

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Snorkel

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13 hours ago, tabitreader said:

Wouldn't this project be for the short story Snapshot? I personally prefer the Dark One premise. 

"Urban fantasy" sounds more like Dark One than Snapshot to me.  But who knows!

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