The upcoming TV show based on Patrick Rothfuss’ fantasy trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle has found a home at Showtime. The show is part of an ambitious slate of projects that will adapt the best-selling books into various media, including movies from Lionsgate and video games. As for the TV version, Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda is serving as executive producer and lending his musical chops as composer and songwriter. John Rogers, creator of The Librarians, will serve as showrunner.
The show is not a straight adaptation of The Kingkiller Chronicle—that’s what the films are for—but rather will take place in the same world a generation before the events of the books. Basically, the series will be some sort of prequel or origin story, but more specific information has yet to be revealed. (Here’s hoping for finally finding out what happened to make Auri go from brilliant student to scavenging outcast.)
Miranda is an avid Kingkiller Chronicle fan, perhaps helped by the fact that music plays a huge role in the series, with whole passages dedicated to describing the sounds of a lute and entire plots hinging on half-remembered folk songs. Kvothe, the young protagonist of The Name Of The Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, is as much a musician as he is a wizard-in-training. (The third book in the trilogy isn’t out yet—and there’s no word on when we’ll see it.)
“Pat Rothfuss’ Kingkiller books are among the most read and re-read in our home,” Miranda said in an earlier press release. “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.”
A release date for Showtime’s Kingkiller Chronicle series has yet to be announced.