Brandon Sanderson’s ‘Reckoners’ Book Series Picked Up by 20th Century Fox


There are no heroes.

Every single person who manifested powers—we call them Epics—turned out to be evil.

Here, in the city once known as Chicago, an extraordinarily powerful Epic declared himself Emperor. Steelheart has the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, no explosion can burn him. He is invincible.

It has been ten years. We live our lives as best we can. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans who spend their lives studying powerful Epics, finding their weaknesses, then assassinating them.

My name is David Charleston. I’m not one of the Reckoners, but I intend to join them. I have something they need. Something precious, something incredible. Not an object, but an experience. I know his secret.

I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.

20th Century Fox has just landed what was a hotly contested young adult fantasy books series, The Reckoners by New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. The studio made the deal to give to Shawn Levy’s Fox-based 21 Laps to produce. Daria Cercek is overseeing for Fox and Will Rack for 21 Laps.

The deal is for the first two books — Steelheart and Firefight – in a planned trilogy.

In Reckoners, a burst in the sky gave ordinary people extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics, but with incredible gifts came the desire to rule. In what was once Chicago, an astonishingly powerful Epic named Steelheart installed himself as emperor. Nobody fights back but the Reckoners, a shadowy group of ordinary humans who spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. The book centers on David, who wants in to the group because Steelheart killed his father, and he alone knows the Epics’ true weakness.


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