It’s been well over a year since we heard that Patrick Rothfuss’ ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’ fantasy trilogy had been picked up by Lionsgate for adaption into a movie, TV series and a video game, something both Kervyn and I are both quite keen on since we’re big fans of the novels.
If you’re unfamiliar with the novels I’ll copy what Kervyn said last time because I’m not not lazy, I’m energy efficient:
The Kingkiller Chronicle is set in the fantasy world known as Temerant, and is essentially the autobiography of Kvothe (that’s pronounced quoth, by the way) a famous magician, musician, swordsman and adventurer who is rumoured to have killed a famous king, sending the land into war, before disappearing from public. When an anonymous innkeeper saves a traveling scribe from spider-like creatures, the scribe realizes that the innkeeper is in fact the mythical Kvothe who has been hiding in plain sight all along, and convinces Kvothe to let him pen his life story.
Over the course of the next three days – with each day corresponding to a book – Kvothe tells his tale about how he went from living in a poor traveling troupe of musicians to studying magic at the legendary University and eventually become the world-renowned adventurer. It’s a story filled with all kinds of fantastic mythology, strange creatures, dashing heroics, a very different magic system call “Sympathy” and a genuinely moving love story.
We’re both big fans of two novels anyway, since Rothfuss has been writing at a pace that even George R. R. Martin would call slow. ‘The Name of the Wind’ and ‘The Wise Man’s Fear’ were published in 2007 and 2011 respectively, but there’s still no release date in sight for the third novel – currently titled ‘The Doors of Stone’.
However there is now some news on the screen adaption front, and I think it’s rather good news at that. Emmy-award winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda – the man behind the multi-award winning musical Hamilton that has 11 Tonys, 1 Grammy, 1 Pulitzer Prize and 7 Drama Desks to its credit to date – is set to co-produce both the movie and TV series alongside Robert Lawrence (The Last Castle, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and who’s long been attached to the project), as well as compose original music and write new songs. This is a fantastic coup for the project as music, and the love thereof, forms an integral part of Kvothe’s character in the novels.
That’s something which drew Miranda to the project, himself a fan of the novels, as he said (via TheWrap) at the announcement:
Pat Rothfuss’ ‘Kingkiller’ books are among the most read and re-read in our home. It’s a world you want to spend lifetimes in, as his many fans will attest. Pat also writes about the act of MAKING music more beautifully than any novelist I’ve ever read. I can’t wait to play a part in bringing this world to life onscreen.
Erik Feig, Co-President of Lionsgate, said in a statement:
The best way to service Pat Rothfuss’ unique and ambitious view was to invent a new way of adapting it with Lionsgate’s film and television teams working side-by-side, which meant that only a multi-hyphenate talent like Lin-Manuel Miranda could do the job. Lin is an incomparable talent and a huge fan of the trilogy and, working closely with Pat, his creative oversight of the franchise will bring an incredible level of detail and continuity to all of the projects.
Lindsey Beer has been tapped to write the screenplay for the movie which is said to be based on the first novel in the series. She doesn’t have any released projects to her credit as yet, but she’s involved in numerous upcoming projects including the Short Circuit and Dungeons & Dragons (please don’t be bad) reboots, and feature adaptions of Hasbro properties Barbie, M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand and ROM (ROM!).
The TV series will expand on the novels, and both Miranda and Rothfuss will have a hand in creating new characters and story lines for the small screen.
We’re obviously a long way out from seeing Rothfuss’ world hitting either the big or small screens, but right now I’m feeling quite optimistic because Miranda is a very talented creator.
What do you think?
Last Updated: November 30, 2016