Lin-Manuel Miranda’s adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle series is actually moving forward, as Varietyreports 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.
Are you excited for Raimi’s involvement? Or did you have other dream directors in mind? Let us know in the comments!
If you are a man and you want to be a writer, you have two things you must do: 1. Write a book; and 2. Look more like Ernest Hemingway. That is the curriculum. When aged, experienced folks in the publishing industry ask young writers, “Have you read Hemingway,” they are really asking if you have fully embraced the possibility of facial hair. If you can grow a beard, have you tried growing his beard? If you cannot grow a beard like Hemingway’s, then that’s fine too. Your author photo will just be seriously lacking.
If you need inspiration on how to style your facial vegetation, or you want fuel for your imagination of what a beard might look like on your hairless face, then look no further than these literary greats.
1. Mark Twain
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2. Friedrich Nietzche
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3. Michael Chabon
When you want to look like you don’t give a care, but you sneaky give many cares. | Image Via Pioneer Press
4. Walt Whitman
Tolkien’s inspiration for Radagast the Brown. | Image Via Social Justice For All
5. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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6. Herman Melville
For those who wish a box hung off their jaw. | Image Via Bio
7. William Faulkner
What you get when googling “debonair.” | Image Via Bio
8. Terry Pratchett
A beard as sharp as his wit. | Image Via Humanists UK
9. Patrick Rothfuss
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, the man who turned the U.S.’s founding fathers into rappers, may be providing the world its next Game of Thrones-level fantasy TV series. Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicles will be coming to Showtime and my fantasy-reading friends are pretty stoked.
Lionsgate is also planning a trilogy of Rothfuss’ novels, but the Showtime series will be a prequel. It takes place in the same universe and will tell an origin story set a generation before The Name of the Wind (the first novel).
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It might seem like a weird coupling, Miranda and Rothfuss, but Rothfuss only had nice things to say about working with the Hamilton writer. Speaking to Vulture, Rothfuss said:
I’ve told Lin many times, ‘There’s no degree you can be involved in this project that will not please me.’ He is full of joy, and he is disgustingly talented. Why wouldn’t you want to, you know, interact with that person as much as possible, either in projects or just in your day-to-day life?
Sounds like Rothfuss and Miranda have a budding friendship. It’s a good thing too. Miranda’s pretty prolific, so maybe that will rub off on Rothfuss. Fans are still waiting on the finale to The Kingkiller Chronicle. The Name of the Wind came out in 2007 and the follow-up, The Wise Man’s Fear, in 2011.
But don’t go asking Rothfuss where the third book is. He might be polite and say something like, “Oh, it’ll be here soon.” But what he’ll really be thinking, he said to Vulture, is, “just fuck off. Just die. I don’t need any more of that in my life.” His tongue, I’m sure, was in-cheek. Don’t worry, fans. He’s not actually telling you to do those things. Hey, if you were in his position, you might feel the same.