The Original (audio book) release date, and an unexpected new story!!!
The Original. Author(s): Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal. Released: Sep 14, 2020
Stephen Leeds: Death & Faxes. Author(s): Brandon Sanderson. Released: Sep 01, 2021
They are official. We're trying some new things.
The Original, which I wrote with Mary Robinette, was a true collaboration. I pitched an idea and an outline, Mary Robinette did the first draft, I did a pass myself, then she did the final touches. It turned out great.
With Legion, I' wanted to try something different. I've got a partner in Hollywood, and since I've had so much trouble getting a Stephen Leeds television show made, I figured we'd try it as an audiobook series. Basically, we got a writer's room, brainstormed some ideas, and are treating this like a pilot to a "television show" but only audiobook.
This means I'll be overseeing the project like a show runner, but won't be writing the individual "episodes." We're only doing this first one as a try-out to see what fans think of this process.
Does that mean the Legion audio is a reboot or sorts or is it still a continuation from the books?
More a continuation, not really a reboot, but not happening after the third novella. More like, "From the case files of" sort of thing.
What about the two "Dark One" titles: Dark One: Prophetic Histories and Dark One: Forgotten?
These are just in the concept stage, but we're getting closer to making them. Dark One is being made into a television show, but I don't have a lot of power over how/when that will happen--so we are doing the graphic novel. Separately from that, we're going to do a couple of audio dramas. One will take my outline and make it into a novel. The other is this wacky idea I had for a "Serial" style podcast, with a journalist tracking a killer, which ties into all of this. Forgotten is that.