Fans of Patrick Rothfuss’ novels The Kingkiller Chronicle, you have a lot to sing about. First, your favorite trilogy, about a musician-turned-magician, is about to become a film and television series (and, potentially, a musical). Second, it’s going to be produced by Broadway darling Lin-Manuel Miranda. Third, it’s going to have new characters, written by Rothfuss and Miranda.
That’s a whole lot of awesome right there.
For those who haven’t read The Kingkiller Chronicle, it’s the story of multitalented magician and adventurer, Kvothe, who lives incognito in an inn. Over the course of three days, he tells story of his life to a chronicler, and the novel shows both the past and the present — a story within a story. It’s a riches to rags to riches to rags tale that Publisher’s Weekly named as one of the best science fiction/fantasy books of 2007.
As for Lin-Manuel Miranda, if you don’t know who he is, here’s a lesson in pop culture: He wrote, produced and starred in the Tony-winning Broadway musical Hamilton — whose tickets are harder to find than the Ark of the Covenant in that warehouse. He also wrote music and lyrics for Disney's Moana, which opened last week. (Check out “You’re Welcome,” for a look at how funny and clever Miranda’s work is.)
According to Coming Soon, Rothfuss said in a statement from Lionsgate,
“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.”
Coming Soon also notes that The Kingkiller Chronicle is the best-selling modern epic fantasy series after George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.
A fantasy series with toe-tapping musical numbers from the man who wrote Hamilton? Get to work, Rothfuss, Miranda and Lionsgate. I need this to happen.
Stay tuned for more exciting news.