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.
*stares at a lute for 20 minutes, sweats profusely* Okay, so we're doing this. @PatrickRothfuss