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Lin-Manuel Miranda is working on an adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicle

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Lionsgate picked up the rights to Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicle, a fantasy trilogy (with the third book still being written) a year ago. Lindsey Beer (Dungeons & Dragons) is writing the first film, based on the first novel The Name of the Wind. Lionsgate got a multi-platform deal with author Rothfuss that will tell the full story of Kvothe through films, TV series, and video games.

That was all we had heard for a while, but now they have got Hamilton creator and Moana songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda involved as the “creative producer and musical mastermind.”

Here is what Miranda had this to say about the project, “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.”

I have not read the books so I have no idea if there are many songs involved, but the main character is a musician at some point looking at the book blurb:

‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

My name is Kvothe.
You may have heard of me’

So begins the tale of Kvothe – currently known as Kote, the unassuming innkeepter – from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief and the infamous assassin.

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 added, “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.”

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.”

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