Don Kaye

Oct 27, 2017

Has Showtime found its own fantasy hit with The Kingkiller Chronicle?

Showtime is developing a TV series based on the best selling fantasy books known as The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss, according to Deadline. Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame is attached to the project as an executive producer and will also compose music for the drama.

The cable network is partnering with Lionsgate on the project, and one of the unusual things about it is that a feature film and interactive games are all being developed at the same time as the series. (Because we all know, er, how well that’s worked out for The Dark Tower so far.)

The two books so far, which have sold 10 million copies around the world, follow a pair of wandering performers as they journey through the strange world of Temerant, meeting heroes and evildoers along the way. The series, at least initially, is said to be an origin story that will take place a generation before the events of the first book, The Name Of The Wind.

Miranda said in a statement, “Pat Rothruss’ Kingkiller series is some of the most exciting storytelling I have ever read. I could not be more thrilled to help bring the sights and sounds of his wondrous world of Temerant to the screen.”

With Game of ThroneO being such a massive hit for HBO and on its way out soon, it’s not surprising to see some of the network’s rivals start to poke around the fantasy genre on their own – although from what we understand, the Kingkiller books are more youth-oriented that the sex-and-violence-drenched HBO epic. Have you read the Kingkiller saga? Do you think it will make for a great new series?