Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the Broadway hit and cultural phenomenon Hamilton, is now teaming up with Lionsgate to adapt Patruck Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle for TV and film.
The first book of the fantasy trilogy, The Name of the Wind, was published in 2007, and its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, in 2011. The third and final book, which has not yet been released, sports the working title The Doors of Stone. The series takes place over three days, as protagonist and musician Kvothe tells his life story to a scribe chronicling the events, with the writing alternating between past and present. Each book covers one day of Kvothe’s storytelling.
Miranda will be working with Lionsgate, who secured the rights to the series after they were reverted from Twentieth Century Fox back to Rothfuss in 2015. Erik Feig, the co-president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, remarked of the adaptation that “only a multi-hyphenate talent like Lin-Manuel Miranda could do the job.”
Feig also explained that teams will be working simultaneously on both television and film adaptations of the series, though there is no TV distributor attached to the project yet.
Miranda will be wearing many hats for the adaptation, working as a producer, songwriter and composer, but he’s obviously quite practiced in this kind of balancing act, having both written and starred in Hamilton. More recently, Miranda wrote music for the new Disney film Moana, and he is starring with Emily Blunt in the upcoming film Mary Poppins Returns.
On joining the Kingkiller adaptation team, Miranda said, “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.”
It will be interesting to see how Miranda brings the music of The Kingkiller Chronicle off the page.
The Kingkiller Chronicle Books:
- The Name of the Wind (2007)
- The Wise Man’s Fear (2011)
- The Doors of Stone (not yet released)
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