8 stories from Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere we need adapted onscreen

Brandon Sanderson, from his "It's Time to Come Clean" YouTube reveal video.
Brandon Sanderson, from his "It's Time to Come Clean" YouTube reveal video. /
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We live in a golden age of fantasy and sci-fi adaptations. Ever since the success of Game of Thrones, studios have rushed to produce their own huge genre shows. There have been successes and failures, shows which died early shocker deaths and shows that established themselves as forces to be reckoned with in their own right.

And there have also been baffling oversights. For instance, nearly four years after Thrones ended, we still haven’t gotten an adaptation of any of the works of Brandon Sanderson.

Sanderson is one of the most successful fantasy authors of our time, best known for the interconnected universe of stories called the Cosmere. While he’s written plenty of great books set elsewhere, many of his most popular stories lie within its bounds. And they’re begging to be adapted for the screen.

So let’s talk about all the major Cosmere stories we’d love to see adapted, ranked by how badly we want to see them at the movies or on TV! Starting with…

Discover Dragonsteel Entertainment's "Tress of the Emerald Sea" by Brandon Sanderson on Amazon.
Discover Dragonsteel Entertainment’s “Tress of the Emerald Sea” by Brandon Sanderson on Amazon. /

Tress of the Emerald Sea

Tress of the Emerald Sea is the latest entry in Sanderson’s Cosmere, and it’s very different than most of his other works. It follows Tress, a young girl who must embark on a seafaring voyage to save her princely love Charlie. Except since it’s a Sanderson story, the sea is made of buoyant spores, Tress pals around with a talking rat, and the whole thing is infused with a ton of whimsy and magic.

The style of the book is inspired by William Goldman’s The Princess Bride. It’s narrated by Hoid, the mysterious world-hopping character who appears in every one of Sanderson’s Cosmere novels. It’s an awful lot of fun, and could make for a blast as a movie.

The main reason Tress lands at the bottom of the list is because there are so many other Sanderson boooks that should be adapted first. This is essentially a fun side story. Still, it features some cool magic and shows off some interesting elements of Sanderson’s Cosmere. We’d love to see it, but not until some of the bigger Cosmere works find their way to the screen.