Sam Raimi, of Evil Dead and Spider-Man fame, may have found his next project: adapting one of the best new fantasy book series of the past few decades.
Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle is in the works at Lionsgate, executive produced by Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. According to Variety, Raimi is currently in negotiations for the project, although at this time Lionsgate hasn’t commented on the news and the studio did not immediately return a request for comment.
If Raimi does sign on, he’ll likely be working closely with Miranda and writer Lindsey Beer (Transformers: The Last Knight) in adapting the first bestselling book of the series, The Name of the Wind, for a feature film.
Miranda is signed on to serve as the “creative producer and musical mastermind” of both the film, as well as a Showtime series based on the books, with John Rogers (Leverage) attached as the showrunner. It’s currently unclear whether Raimi will participate in the TV series, as well.
Beginning in 2007, Rothfuss’ series of books—comprised of two bestselling novels, three novellas, and a yet to be finished third book (which Miranda still doesn't know the ending to)—have sold millions of copies worldwide. They follow the amazing tales of Kvothe, a famous adventurer, magician, and musician, as self-described to a scribe, aka the Chronicler.
Back in February, Raimi was reportedly circling the waters of Bermuda Triangle for Skydance, but according to Variety, “sources” say TKC "is in the best position to be his next project."
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