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  • 1

    Interview: Nov 8th, 2008

    Alex C. Telander

    And I know you mentioned that this one, the children's series, has been optioned, you said, by Dreamworks?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It has been. Optioned by Dreamworks Animation.

    ALEX C. TELANDER

    And, how about any of your other books?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I've had offers on Mistborn, actually offers on Mistborn and on Elantris, that we have turned down. We're searching for the right project to do it. If I get the rightómeaning somebody that I really think could make itóthe people who offered on it before, I didn't think could actually make the movie. We had the feeling they were just trying to snatch up rights to keep a hold of them, and then hopefully it would get big and they could resell them later. They didn't seem like they were serious about making a movie. Fortunately, I'm in the position in life where I just donít have to take the money. If someone offers me money, I can actually afford to say no. And in this case, I said no. With Dreamworks, it's a great company. They've done the Shrek movies, Kung Fu Panda. It was a great director, the director who directed Over the Hedge. And the producer was one of the producers on the Lemony Snicket movie. And I just thought, these guys can actually make a movie, they can make a good one. So we said yes.

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  • 2

    Interview: Jul, 2009

    Zas678

    My last question shouldn't be as hard to answer and that is: Who is in charge of the Mistborn movie you mentioned at the #tweettheauthor?

    Thank you so much, I love your books!

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is a small production studio, so nobody you'd recognize. The producer is a fan of the Mistborn books who has some credentials in independent films, and who has impressed me with his treatment of the books and his determination to make the film. This individual is starting a production company to focus on the film. We're in the contract stages now, and once that is done, I can be more specific.

    It's not like the Alcatraz movie, which was optioned directly by a studio. Because of that, the Mistborn movie is probably a lot less likely to happenóbut, the hands it is in are quite good. Anything having to do with Hollywood is a long-shot in the first place, so (after meeting with the producer) I decided that I'd rather take the slightly more unlikely chance in exchange for the opportunity to work with someone I felt understood the books.

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  • 3

    Interview: Aug 1st, 2011

    SciFi Bulgaria

    Is there a motion picture or TV series in the works based on one of your books/series and if not are you open to the idea of making one?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I think excellent movies or TV series could be made from many of my ideas. Dreamworks Animation optioned my Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians books a couple of years ago, but they eventually decided the project wasn't right for animation. Mistborn has been optioned by Paloppa Pictures, and there are several other properties of mine currently being looked at by Hollywood. I don't know if an adaptation will ever eventually reach the screen, but I would welcome the opportunity for my stories to reach a wider audience.

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  • 4

    Interview: Aug 4th, 2011

    Question

    Do you have any considerations for ever turning any of your works into a movie?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, I've sold rights on Alcatraz and those eventually lapsed. They had the option for three years. I've sold rights on Mistborn. That's still going strong. I've had inquiries about a couple of others. I can't say, though, because there's nothing sure. Though we did do the Mistborn video game and the handshake, is essentially a done deal now. We've just got to get the contract, fine details nailed down. Yes. Mistborn video game is a go. It's for sure.

    Question

    Tentative dates?

    Brandon Sanderson

    2013. Fall.

    Question

    Which company?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I can't say that, though it is going to be cross-platform, all three major platforms, so PC, 360, and PS3. The plan right now is that it is going to be a prequel. (Everyone "oooohs") So it'll have new story and I'll be writing the story.

    Question

    Speaking of videogames, I don't know if you or anyone else here have noticed the similarities in the storyline of Fable III and Mistborn.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You know, people have said that to me and I haven't played Fable III.

    Question

    It's really uncanny. Yours was written first, obviously, but going through it I was just like, "I wonder if he knows how parallel this runs."

    Brandon Sanderson

    I'll have to play those.

    Questioner

    I can actually get you a copy.

    Brandon Sanderson

    You can get me a copy? Hey, get me copies! Yeah, hey, he works for Microsoft!

    Questioner

    For real.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Okay. I've got a 360. Epic Games sent me a 360 so I might as well play with it!

    Question

    Is that for the Mistborn...?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, I'm working with Epic on something else. I'll be able to announce that eventually, but Epic's got a studio in Salt Lake and so I've been working with them on something. But that's not official so I can't say anything about that.

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  • 5

    Interview: Jun 11th, 2007

    Kaimi Wenger

    Recently, there seems to have been a resurgence in the fantasy genre. The Lord of the Rings movies were quite successful; more recently, Eragon was in theaters. Are we going to see Elantris, the movie, any time soon? Who would you cast as Raoden? How about Sarene? Hrathen? (And is it too early to start looking around for actors for Vin, Kelsier, Vasher, Vivena . . . ?)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ha! As for casting choices, I would direct curious parties to the threads on my forums about this topic. I can't really say who I'd pick, since it takes so long to make a movie. And, to be honest, I have trouble imagining ANY actor in my character roles. They are who they are in my head! An actor wouldn't be them to me.

    Not that I wouldn't sell movie rights. Actually, we've had a few nibbles from various producers. As you've said, fantasy is hot. However, it's also very expensive to make a fantasy movie, so producers are wary about the projects they pick up. My kids' series, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians, which starts this October with Scholastic, is probably the most likely to be made in the near future.

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    Interview: Dec 15th, 2011

    Question

    How long before is the game going to be? I remember you saying it was going to be before Final Empire, but I was wondering how long before?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I sold Legion, which is a novella I wrote, to Lionsgate, for a television pilot. We will see if they will actually do it or not. Thatís a modern day thriller I wrote. Itís a novella. Iíll release it next summer or something. Itís short, but it was meant for a pitch for a television show. So thatís coming out, and weíll hope that they actually film that. We did sign deals on that, and since thereís Lionsgate, which is a big studio, behind that, thereís a production house attached to it, and it will go much faster.

    Other than that, thereís the Wheel of Time, which keeps slowly moving forward. It is moving forward, but really slowly. And Alcatraz is basically dead in the water right now. The option lapsed in June, and no one else has snatched it up, so itís now been six months, and that oneís pretty much dead in the water. Which is sad. We got really close on that one.

    QUESTION

    Will you still write the fifth book?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes, I will write the fifth book. Just the movie is dead in the water.

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  • 7

    Interview: Jul, 2009

    joshuapatrao

    Would you ever, if given the chance, do screenwriting, for television or for a film?

    Brandon Sanderson

    For instance, I did the initial screenplay concept treatments for Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians. Thatís what got the book sold to Dreamworks Animation. (2013, hopefully. Fingers crossed.) I might do other film screenplays. Not really interested in Television.

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    Interview: Jul, 2009

    pmrbluepat

    Any movie deals on the horizon?... I would particularly like to see Warbreaker.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I have movies in the works for both Mistborn and Alcatraz.

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  • 9

    Interview: 2013

    quantumsheep (October 2013)

    Do you think "movie potential" for your book is an important factor in the YA market?

    I know this applies across the board, but many YA books are being given the book-to-movie treatment nowadays. As YA is an emerging market, it feels like many stories are lined up for their movie adaptation before they even hit the shelves.

    Do you think that "movie potential" is more important for YA books? Do you think the YA market is being used as a vessel to more easily find big-bucks action movies?

    bethrevis

    I don't think that "movie potential" is more important for YA books, because movie deals are SO nebulous, and everyone in the business is very aware of that. Movie deals are often rather small, and remember, a movie deal =/= a movie, and movie deals are different from book deals in a few key ways: typically, with a book deal, you get an advance and then royalties when your advance earns out. With a movie deal, you get paid at each stage. They buy the rights; you get a small amount of money (and sometimes we're talking VERY small—like, maybe you could buy a used car small). They decide to buy a script, you get some money. They take the script into development, you get some money. They produce it, you get some money. So, movie deals CAN be lucrative—if they actually make the movie. But if they JUST buy the rights...not so much.

    Now compare the number of books that have movie deals versus the number of books that are actually made into movies. Sure—there have been a lot of movies from YA books, but there are a LOT more without.

    If I had the choice between just selling movie rights and selling to a larger foreign country, such as Germany or England or Brazil, I'd rather sell foreign. For most authors, foreign deals are far, far more lucrative than selling movie rights. (Exception: some high profile deals, movie rights sales that turn into movies.)

    TL: DR: movie rights aren't important enough, nor are they guaranteed, to make writing a book for a movie worth it.

    There ARE a lot of YA books-to-movies right now—I think this is more a reflection of the movie market, though, than the book market.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I think you are correct—that thinking of the movie potential isn't worth the effort—but for a different reason.

    My experience is that the author can't do much to make film deals happen. Of the deals I've done for my books, in only one case was I able to go out and shop a property and sell it. The other four times, everyone ignored our attempts to sell the books for film—until someone came to us. My impression of Hollywood has been that they want to find it on their own, not have you go to them pitching it.

    Every one of my five deals has been an option agreement. For those who aren't aware, an option is kind of like a lease on a property. You do a big deal, but the producer/studio doesn't have to pay out the entire amount at first—instead they make an option payment, which is often somewhere around 5-10% of the buyout price. That lets them reserve the rights for a period (usually 12-18 months) where you can't sell it to anyone else. They usually have two chances to renew the option, and often the option money paid is deductible from the final buyout price if they decide to exercise their option to purchase.

    The vast majority of film deals I hear about from friends are deals like this, with very few films actually being made. But that doesn't mean they can't be lucrative. If the buyout is 10k and you're getting 1k every 18mo...sure, that's not much. If the buyout is 500k, and you're getting 50k every 18mo though, it can make a nice supplemental income.

    However, bethrevis is right—translation deals are far more plentiful, and far more reliable. Beyond that, I'd suggest that developing a story for its film potential can draw your attention away from writing the book the way it needs to be written.

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    Interview: Jan 6th, 2015

    Question

    I was wondering if you were thinking along the lines of a movie of Alcatraz?

    Brandon Sanderson

    We tried really hard. We actually even got storyboards and things with Dreamworks Animation, which was going to be awesome, but then they eventually let it die. So if you buy the big art Dreamworks Animation book, there's actually Alcatraz concept art on one of the pages, which is kind of excruciating that it never happened.

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