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Re: Going to the Los Angeles signing on Monday.
« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2010, 03:43:12 PM »
This is not the first time that Wheel of Time has been optioned for a movie. I believe it was optioned in the 1990s and it lapsed. The author still gets paid for the option.

I think Hollywood options alot more books than they actually make and alot of books get optioned multiple times before they are made. I think books getting made into movies get stalled on all kinds of things. Dianna Gabaldon had her books optioned, then the woman who really wanted to make it had a baby and lost interest. Stuff like this happens.

This does not mean Mistborn will never be made into a movie. It just looks unlikely right now. I could not even find a webpage for the company that optioned mistborn. Looks like a small startup.

Does anyone know how the option process works? I think these development companies basically develop a script and a storyboard then try to sell it to a studio. Is that how it works?


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Re: Going to the Los Angeles signing on Monday.
« Reply #31 on: March 24, 2010, 05:08:43 PM »
I could not even find a webpage for the company that optioned mistborn. Looks like a small startup.
Once more, in BS's words: "They have great staff, they have great funding, they don't have access."

Does anyone know how the option process works? I think these development companies basically develop a script and a storyboard then try to sell it to a studio. Is that how it works?
That's essentially it, unless a studio picks up an option directly (like Dreamworks did with Alcatraz and Universal did with WoT).

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Re: Going to the Los Angeles signing on Monday.
« Reply #32 on: March 24, 2010, 06:18:15 PM »
I would be willing to bet that the odds of mistborn being a movie will be greater if the last 2 WoT books hit #1 on the NYT(almost a given) and his new Way of Kings book does well.

Maybe Brandon will get lucky. Some hollywood producer is a big WoT fan and they go who is this Sanderson guy? Then they read mistborn, come here and then track downt he guys who optioned his book.

I am not really sure how well Mistborn will tranlsate into a movie. A TV series might be more appropriate, but the only 2 networks that can do this well are HBO and Showtime. Free TV does not do sci-fi like this well at all. There has to be an arc in each episode which does not really translate well.

HBO is doing GRRM. I don't know if they want 2 fantasy series. There big thing is being the historical show network (I like that about them.. the pacific is very good)

Showtime does not do sci-fi anymore. They had a terrific time travel series several years ago that they cancelled mid-season (I cant remember tbename of it)

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Re: Going to the Los Angeles signing on Monday.
« Reply #33 on: March 24, 2010, 07:05:53 PM »
I would be willing to bet that the odds of mistborn being a movie will be greater if the last 2 WoT books hit #1 on the NYT(almost a given) and his new Way of Kings book does well.

Maybe Brandon will get lucky. Some hollywood producer is a big WoT fan and they go who is this Sanderson guy? Then they read mistborn, come here and then track downt he guys who optioned his book.

I am not really sure how well Mistborn will tranlsate into a movie. A TV series might be more appropriate, but the only 2 networks that can do this well are HBO and Showtime. Free TV does not do sci-fi like this well at all. There has to be an arc in each episode which does not really translate well.

HBO is doing GRRM. I don't know if they want 2 fantasy series. There big thing is being the historical show network (I like that about them.. the pacific is very good)

Showtime does not do sci-fi anymore. They had a terrific time travel series several years ago that they cancelled mid-season (I cant remember tbename of it)

I can actually see Mistborn as a movie rather well. It's The Wheel of Time I think that wouldn't translate well to the big screen. It's far too complex and complicated to fit into 2 hours, possibly even 3. I was thinking a series on HBO or another network like that would work better. A film would have to cut too much to make it into a nice little chunk of movie.

That's not to say it's not possible, just that I can't see how it could work. Plus a trilogy (Mistborn) is a lot easier to manage than a ... um... quattuordecilogy.
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Re: Going to the Los Angeles signing on Monday.
« Reply #34 on: March 24, 2010, 08:29:24 PM »
Heh. I used the word quattuordecillion in my high school graduation speech.
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