FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) and Random House Studio have partnered with best-selling fantasy novelist Brandon Sanderson.
The author (pictured left) is taking his Dark One property to the small screen with a TV series, and also creating a graphic novel that will be published by Vault Comics. Dark One is a dramatic fantasy adventure spotlighting a young man who sees visions of strange and fantastical worlds, which he is told are just hallucinations. But this dark and deadly fantasy world that keeps coming to him is actually a real vision of another world – one where he has been prophesied to become a tyrant and destroy a land of interesting creatures, sporadic electrical currents and a darkening landscape.
Sanderson is also penning a supplementary, multi-volume book series that will expand on the storyline from the show and further explore subsidiary characters. Additionally, fans will be able to enjoy his master storytelling through the Dark One podcast, where it will shed further light on the incidents leading up to where the TV series will begin.
“I’m used to painting a picture in words,” Sanderson said. “Dark One came to life when I freed myself to think of it as a project for actual visual media, with the setting, characters and outline all coming together. I’m excited to be able to partner with FremantleMedia North America and Random House Studio on this for television.”
Dante Di Loreto, president of scripted entertainment at FremantleMedia North America, added: “Brandon Sanderson is a powerful storyteller and one of the world’s most admired fantasy writers. The narrative of Dark One will examine the dual roles we often take on in life – the ability to be a savior as well as a destroyer, and this innovative creative partnership with Brandon will serve as a catalyst for deepening the connection between him and his many fans.”