‘Hamilton’ Creator Producing ‘Kingkiller Chronicle’ Adaptation

By December 2, 2016
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His music leads both Broadway and the movie box office. So what’s next for Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda? He’ll partner with author Patrick Rothfuss to adapt The Kingkiller Chronicle to both television and film.

miranda-inset120216Lionsgate has brought the two together not only to make films, but also to explore a television series concept that would go beyond the fantasy books Rothfuss first released in 2007, according to The Associated Press. Even more, Miranda – who will write the music for the entire project – could also turn the books into a stage production.

The Name of the Wind was the first book in the series Rothfuss released nearly a decade ago, which serves as an autobiography of sorts for Kvothe, who is both an adventurer and a musician. By the time he starts telling his stories, he’s tried to find anonymity as a rural innkeeper, where each book is an entire day of stories he is telling.

A second book, The Wise Man’s Fear, was released in 2011, with a third book – tentatively titled The Doors of Stone – still being written.

Rothfuss has been trying to get some sort of adaptation going for a while, first selling an option to Twentieth Century Fox in 2013. While the studio planned to do a television series, and even put together a production team, the option expired in late 2015 with nothing ever developed.

Rothfuss then sold the options to Lionsgate, which planned for a much more expansive look at the works, eyeing both film and television, and at one point even a videogame. It’s unclear if the videogame aspect is still part of the plans.

nameofwind-inset120216Miranda created the Broadway hit Hamilton and even wrote the music to Disney’s Moana, which debuted at No. 1 at the box office last weekend. He’s also busy with another Disney project, a live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, where he will compose music and original songs. He’s also attached to take part in a Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns with Emily Blunt.

The first film will be based on the first novel, Wind, which will be penned by Lindsey Beer, a scribe also attached to reboots of Short Circuit and Dungeons & Dragons.

Lionsgate has not released any timelines on when we might see production start, or actual films in theaters.

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