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Mistborn heading for the cinema

11/01/2010. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Paloppa Pictures has taken an option on film rights to Brandon Sanderson Mistborn fantasy trilogy. Sanderson is a fantasy writer and the Mistborn series, published by Tor Books, is his most commercially successful series to date.

The trilogy commenced with publication of Mistborn: The Final Empire in 2006, followed by The Well of Ascension in 2007, and The Hero of Ages in Fall 2008. Sanderson also co-wrote, with Robert Jordan, The Gathering Storm, which in November 2009 dethroned Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol to become number 1 on the NY Times hardcover fiction list.

The principles in Paloppa Pictures LLC are Christopher Geary, Rob Micai and Marc Bryant. Micai is a co-producer of the forthcoming Letters to God, a Possibility Pictures release through Vivendi-Universal. Geary has been partnered with Micai since their graduation from the University of Central Florida’s Film Program in 1999, with the two working in the live stage, music videos, commercial productions and other areas, and it was Geary who was the driving force behind the Mistborn option.

Geary told, “As I was reading the book I felt more and more that this was a story that just had to be seen on the big screen. I contacted Brandon Sanderson, and was able to persuade him that Paloppa Pictures was the right team for the job. Obviously we’re very excited by the opportunity to bring his work to life.”

As part of his efforts, Christopher Geary flew up to New York City to woo Brandon Sanderson during Sanderson’s national tour in support of The Hero of Ages in 2008.

Sanderson added, “When I arrived, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and when I left I knew I wanted to be in business with Chris Geary and his partners in Paloppa. Chris knew the books, had palpable enthusiasm for them, and most of all had a real and relatable vision for adapting the series that was at once exactly how I envisioned and distinctly filmic.”

In addition to the Mistborn trilogy, Sanderson has written two other fantasy novels for the adult trade, Elantris and Warbreaker (both also published by Tor, and Warbreaker another NY Times bestseller) and four fantasies for middle grade readers, Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians, Alcatraz vs. the Scrivener’s Bones, Alcatraz vs. the Knights of Crystallia, and the forthcoming Alcatraz vs. the Shattered Lens (Scholastic).

In summer 2010, Tor will commence publication of a new fantasy series from Sanderson with The Stormlight Archives Bk. 1: The Way of Kings.

Sanderson is published in twenty languages, and the Alcatraz novels are currently under option to Dreamworks Animation.

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