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Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins Patrick Rothfuss For ‘Kingkiller Chronicle’ Movies, TV Series
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The Kingkiller Chronicle

It seems like every day we’re hearing about something new that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is joining to work on. The man is incredibly busy these days, and is only getting busier.

Miranda has now joined up with author Patrick Rothfuss to help in adapting his popular book series “The Kingkiller Chronicle.” According to the press release, Miranda will serve as “creative producer and musical mastermind” on the projects, and he’ll also have the option to be involved with any stage productions based on the books as well.

As we found out a little over a year ago now, instead of adapting the series into just movies or just a TV series, Rothfuss wanted to go as big as possible and adapt it into ALL the things. He went to many studios looking for the perfect home for the ambitious franchise plan, and ultimately ended up at Lionsgate.

The movies will be based on the book trilogy, while the TV series will focus on expanding the world. A video game was also said to be in the works, though there is no update on that at the moment, and as mentioned above a stage production could take form as well.

Multiple statements were released for the exciting announcement. First up, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig said:

“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.”

Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs said:

“Lin-Manuel Miranda is a creative genius and Pat Rothfuss has fashioned a world that is rich in intrigue and detail, which perfectly lends itself to a high-end television series that can more thoroughly explore characters and concepts that the books have only teased. As creative executives, it is energizing for us to work with talents like Lin and Pat and to be part of Lionsgate’s collaborative culture, which enables us to create multiple entertainment experiences for the fans at the same time.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda also released a statement, saying:

“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.”

And finally, Patrick Rothfuss said:

“I’ve been working with Lionsgate for months now, and the creative team we’ve been assembling is amazing. They’re brilliant folks, uniquely suited to dealing with the challenges of bringing a story like mine into multiple mediums simultaneously. Now, on top of all that, we’ve brought Lin-Manuel Miranda into the mix. Seriously. Let me type that again just for the joy of it: Lin-Manuel Miranda is going to be helping us adapt Kingkiller. There is no living human being I would rather have a creative collaboration with. There are no words that can express how excited I am.”

“The Kingkiller Chronicle” follows an adventurer and famous musician named Kvothe. It is the second best-selling modern fantasy book series behind only George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, which were adapted into the HBO drama Game of Thrones.

The first movie adaptation will naturally be based on the first book in the trilogy, The Name of the Wind, and the script will be written by Lindsey Beer. Beer has worked on or is working on numerous upcoming projects, including a Short Circuit remake, M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, Dungeons & Dragons, and Barbie. She’s also a member of the group of writers assembled to develop various Transformers projects. The first book was first published in 2007, while book two, The Wise Man’s Fear, was published in 2011. The trilogy-maker has not yet been published.

[Source: PR Newswire]

1 Comment »

  1. This is a bad sign for the direction of the series. Lin Manuel Miranda hires people for his Broadway plays based on skin color. He openly advertised that he doesn’t hire white people, except for the one role of the villain who must always be cast as an effeminate gay white man. The play Hamilton itself is based on the concept that when black people are cast in the roles of historical white people, they have to rap and say m’f’er.

    So how will he make Kingkiller into an interesting movie? Kvothe goes to the lunchroom at school and people gossip, then his teacher is mean to him and he gets suspended, then a rich kid is racist to him and he gets suspended, then he plays the best guitar solo anyone’s ever played, then he talks too loud in the library and gets suspended, then he goes to another school and nobody will talk to him in the lunchroom.

    Maybe they’ll​ skip those parts and focus on the rape. When a 15-year-old virgin girl gets raped, her boyfriend asks why she snuck off into the woods at midnight to secretly meet the type of men that Kvothe’s mother snuck off to have sex with. Kvothe brutally assaults the boy for asking, and threatens to murder the boy. When a boy victim-blames a girl, that boy deserves death. When a 15-year-old virgin boy is raped by a serial killer and narrowly escapes death, his girlfriend Denna blames him for sleeping around, while she’s been dating his friends and also the racist who tried to murder him. Kvothe blames himself for displeasing his girlfriend. After all, he did go into the woods willingly. Like Krin and Elle did.

    Also when an adult teacher and/or prison guard seduces a teenaged student/death row inmate, it’s okay for the teacher to beat the student bloody in the face after sex. The student should be ashamed for displeasing the adult sexual partner, and society should shun the victim of domestic violence. It’s okay because the teacher told the kid, “This sex with you doesn’t mean anything to me.” Plus it’s okay because the abuser is of the stronger gender who has all the social and political power in society, and it’s explained to the kid that “Your gender has no reproductive rights, and in fact no one of your gender has anything to offer the world.” And he’s just like “Yeah, I can’t even think of a valid argument against that.”

    Or maybe TV audiences will love to watch the story of a little boy who sees his parents murdered, then barely survives, homeless and starving for 3 years on the streets, being beaten and raped in back alleys, and then as soon as he can afford his first pair of shoes, he meets a girl who tells him that her life is much harder than his, because she’s a woman and it’s not easy to eat free steak dinners and get free fine clothing and jewelry while staying for free in luxury hotels with room service. Then he is actually shamed and apologizes for thinking his life was hard compared to hers. Then she gets high on heroin and he has to deal with her drugged-up behavior while he also fights a dragon. (It was an “accident”, she had “never seen drugs before”, even though she knows everything else about underground criminal activity.) And she just leaves while he’s fighting the dragon, and the next time he sees her she accuses him of being the one who wandered off without explanation, and he apologizes and tries to make it up to her. I’m sure it will make more sense on TV.

    Comment by JoseVillalobos — May 15, 2017 @ 4:06 am

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