Well, he did say he wasn’t going to waste shot.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the hugely successful Broadway musical that is Hamilton, is to play a big part in the development of a film and television series adaptation of the best-selling book trilogy, The Kingkiller Chronicle.
Lionsgate is set to develop and produce the movie and TV series, with Miranda teaming up with author Patrick Rothfuss to bring the ambitious projects to life. The talented actor, playwright, composer, rapper and writer is to serve as creative producer and musical mastermind on both the film and series, and he’s signed with an option to be involved in potential stage productions as well. Miranda is expected to compose the original music and write the songs.
The Kingkiller Chronicle is a fantasy trilogy with quite the sprawling narrative to juice. The plot tells of Kvothe, who recounts his life story to Devan Lochees (known as Chronicler) in the Waystone Inn. The narrative also heads to the past, which makes up the majority of the first two books. Apart from Kvothe’s life, there are interludes and stories-within-stories told from varying perspectives.
Amazon‘s synopsis of the first book, The Name of the Wind, is as follows:
The riveting first-person narrative of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime- ridden city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard. It is a high-action novel written with a poet’s hand, a powerful coming-of-age story of a magically gifted young man, told through his eyes: to read this book is to be the hero.
The movie and series will aim to expand on the world outside of the novels. Writer Lindsey Beer, who’s attached to the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons reboot, has penned the screenplay for the film, which is based on the aforementioned first book. Miranda and Rothfuss will be developing the new characters and storylines explored in the TV show.
“Pat Rothfuss’ Kingkiller books are among the most read and re-read in our home,” Miranda said in a statement. “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.”
Author Pat Rothfuss added: “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.”
Miranda has catapulted to the big time in the last couple of years. Hamilton‘s massive acclaim and ticket sales aside, last year saw Miranda compose additional music for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens and this year he has composed and written original songs for Disney’s Moana.
Lionsgate is certainly aiming big with The Kingkiller Chronicle. We’ll keep you informed.