FremantleMedia North American (American Gods), with Random House Studio, is partnering with fantasy novelist Brandon Sanderson "to develop drama Dark One for television, part of a multi-pronged project," Deadline reported, adding that in addition to a TV series, Sanderson is "concurrently creating a graphic novel that will be published by Vault Comics" and "writing a supplementary, multi-volume book series that will expand on the storyline from the show and further explore subsidiary characters." The multi-media project includes a Dark One podcast.
"I'm used to painting a picture in words. 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," said Sanderson. "I'm excited to be able to partner with FremantleMedia North America and Random House Studio on this for television."
"Brandon Sanderson is a powerful storyteller and one of the world's most admired fantasy writers," said Dante Di Loreto, president of scripted entertainment, FremantleMedia North America. "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."
Peter Gethers, executive v-p and general manager, Random House Studio, called Sanderson "one of the most exciting storytellers within the enormous group of authors published by the Penguin Random House Group. We are thrilled to be working with him to create one of his extraordinary worlds for a television audience for the first time."