Patrick Rothfuss’ ‘Kingkiller Chronicle’ Series is Headed to Showtime

A much needed update on the fate of the 'Kingkiller Chronicle' TV adaptation.

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Fans have long been awaiting news concerning the upcoming adaptations of Patrick RothfussKingkiller Chronicle series. While the news that multiple adaptations would be developed under Lionsgate was revealed back in 2015, things have been relatively quiet.

The vast world of Temerant is set to be explored in different mediums, which includes adaptations for film, television, and even a video game, according to Lionsgate’s Co-President, Erik Feig.

Pat Rothfuss’s imaginative storytelling, the spellbinding character Kvothe and the vivid world of Temerant in ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’ series have a passionate and savvy fanbase and the potential to reach an even broader audience in adaptation. It is rare that a property comes along with a world so rich and multilayered that it lends itself to exploration across film, television and video game audiences at the same time.

In this manner, the world can be explored to the fullest extent, providing Rothfuss with a creative outlet to show off some things that may not have made it into the books, including music and backstory.

Late last year, it was revealed that Lin-Manuel Miranda would be the creative producer for both the feature film and TV adaptation of the Kingkiller Chronicle. The Wrap discussed his duties, which, in addition to producing, include composing original music and writing the songs to be featured in both productions.

Since the initial announcement, Rothfuss and Miranda have been working on expanding the world and developing music. Although nothing is set in stone musically, a recent interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda conducted by Vulture has provided insight into the working relationship between Rothfuss and Miranda.

Although fans of Rothfuss’ work have been made aware of perfect match that is Rothfuss and Miranda, the interview revealed that Miranda’s love of Rothfuss’ works runs deep, as a line in the critically acclaimed Moana was inspired by The Name of the Wind. As an added bonus, Miranda revealed that he has been working on music for the upcoming television adaptation of the Kingkiller Chronicle.

Last Thursday (October 26), fans of the Kingkiller Chronicle received the news they have been waiting for. The long awaited television series is being developed by Showtime. In addition to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s role as creative and executive producer, John Rogers will be serving as the showrunner of the series, while Robert Lawrence, Jennifer Court and Rothfuss himself will also serve as executive producers on the project.

According to Deadline, the television adaptation will be a bit different from the adaptation that most fans were expecting. The events of the new series are set to take place a generation before the events of The Name of the Wind. Instead of following Kvothe, the new series will focus on traveling performers in an effort to introduce fans of the series to the world of Temerant and its rich backstory.

Set in the world of the popular fantasy series by Rothfuss, The Kingkiller Chronicle will follow a pair of wandering performers on their adventures through the unique and startling world of Temerant, immersing audiences in a universe of unexpected heroes, mystical places, and terrifying dark forces.

While no other announcements have been made regarding characters, casting or plot, knowing that the adaptation is in the works and closer to becoming a reality is a great start.

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Melissa Ratcliff
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