Lin-Manuel Miranda’s adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle series is actually moving forward, as Variety reports the production has approached Sam Raimi to direct. Lionsgate brought Miranda onboard in 2016 to produce and score the movie, and word is they’re now bringing on Raimi to helm the project.
Raimi is fairly familiar with literary adaptations, as the last movie he directed was 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful, which took heavy inspiration from L. Frank Baum’s Oz series. Also, Raimi directed the original Spider-Man trilogy—the Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst ones.
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The Kingkiller Chronicle movie will reportedly be an adaptation of Rothfuss’ first novel in the series, The Name of the Wind. The script will be penned by Transformers: The Last Knight screenwriter Lindsey Beer. Beer’s previous writing credit may not excite fans of Rothfuss’ series, but she’s an up-and-coming screenwriter who has a lot of exciting projects on the docket (Godzilla vs. Kong, Dungeons & Dragons). I’m not the only one excited for those, right?
Raimi hasn’t directed anything since 2013 and has instead been focused on producing (such as Ash vs. The Evil Dead, which everybody should be watching). Personally, I think Raimi’s style would suit Rothfuss’ extremely well. Raimi has a proven old-fashioned eye that can manage both horror, humor, and romance all in one scene, as evinced by his magnum opus: Spider-Man 2. Rewatch that movie. It’s perfect.
Simultaneously, Showtime is developing a Kingkiller Chronicle TV series. Fans of Rothfuss have a ton to look forward to. Plus, Rothfuss has been an outspoken advocate of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s involvement.
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