Shardcast: State of the Sanderson 2022


Here's our Shardcast on the State of the Sanderson 2022. This was streamed live on our YouTube channel, so this is unedited, but hopefully you enjoy!

This episode we have Eric (Chaos), Ian (Weiry), Evgeni (Argent), and Veronica (Cheyenne Sedai)!

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I think the hold up with the adaptation is that all of the major streaming companies have been getting hammered financially this past year and the economy is uncertain right now. There's been a lot of belt-tightening as far as budgets and layoffs. I think whoever it is may have had to slow down the spending on new stuff and that may have delayed this project.

Most of his meetings seem to have taken place in the spring and early summer. Things have gotten a lot worse for streaming companies since then which might be the reason for the delay in going forward with a special effects heavy adaptation of a guy who has never been adapted before. 

Netflix lost subscribers for the first time ever in Q1 2022 and then lost even more in Q2. This led to a bunch of layoffs there.  Disney lost $1.5 Billion in a quarter on their streaming service which is the main reason they fired their CEO. HBOMax is now owned by Discovery who has a lot of debt they need to pay off and they have been laying people off, canceling series and shelving older series. 

sources

https://techcrunch.com/2022/07/19/netflix-loses-970000-subscribers-its-largest-quarterly-loss-ever/

https://www.tvrev.com/news/with-streaming-losses-mounting-is-disney-turning-corner-upward-or-down#:~:text=Overall%2C the company's four services,help ease deficits next quarter.

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/15/hbo-max-cuts-14percent-of-staff-mainly-in-casting-acquisitions-and-reality-tv.html#:~:text=The job cuts%2C which amount,acquisition of WarnerMedia in April.

https://www.thestreet.com/lifestyle/rip-hbo-blame-warner-bros-discovery-david-zaslav-budget-cuts

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16:02: "Brandon's spoken about, the front five are more focused on the Radiants, and the back five ... on the Heralds."

This is true.

It's also true that Brandon has been known to troll the fanbase in his answers from time to time.  And if there's any truth to the conversation we got in the book 5 prologue, an important part of the Stormfather's plan is to establish new Heralds and not just new Radiants.  So I can't help but wonder, will the Heralds that it focuses on in the back 5 necessarily be the old Heralds?

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1:04:24: "Even if [Moonbreaker] is the best possible game [of the type] that it is, I probably wouldn't be interested."

This.  100% this.  Watching the video where Brandon introduced it, I just kept thinking over and over "how is this a Brandon Sanderson project?"  Maybe it's just my biases or perceptions showing, but I'd kind of imagined that the story would be central (not just some tacked-on audio script) to any video game bearing Brandon's name.

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