Sam Raimi to Direct Fantasy Film The Kingkiller Chronicle
According to Variety, fan-favorite filmmaker Sam Raimi (Evil Dead and Spider-Man franchises) is in negotiations with Lionsgate to direct the big-budget film version of Patrick Rothfuss’s global bestselling contemporary fantasy trilogy The Kingkiller Chronicle. Raimi previously flirted with directing several tentpole fantasy pictures, including The Hobbit trilogy and Warcraft. Pulitzer Prize, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award Lin-Manuel Miranda will serve as executive producer and musical mastermind on both the film and companion TV series.
Showtime previously announced their picked up of The Kingkiller Chronicle TV series. Acclaimed producer John Rogers (Leverage, The Player) is serving as showrunner. Miranda will also compose music for the series.
Set in the world of the wildly popular fantasy series by Rothfuss,The Kingkiller Chronicle will follow a pair of wandering performers on their adventures through the unique and startling world of Temerant, immersing audiences in a universe of unexpected heroes, mystical places, and terrifying dark forces. It is a world that has delighted readers and critics alike, selling more than 10 million copies in 35 languages across the globe. The television adaption is a subversive origin story of legendary proportions set a generation before the events of the trilogy’s first novel, The Name of the Wind.
The Kingkiller Chronicle is a collaborative franchise from Lionsgate that includes a television series adaption, a major feature film and interactive games all being developed concurrently. The film script, which is being penned by writer Lindsey Beer (Transformers: The Last Knight, Dungeons & Dragons), will be based on the first book, The Name of the Wind. Miranda and Rothfuss will be intimately involved in the development of the new characters and storylines explored in the TV show. As previously announced, Robert Lawrence (Clueless, Die Hard with a Vengeance), who has been involved in The Kingkiller Chronicle series since its earliest days, will produce for film and television.
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