HAMILTON's Lin-Manuel Miranda To Help Develop Lionsgate’s THE KINGKILLER CHRONICLE Film and TV Adpatation
Lionsgate has brought in Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda to produce and help develop the feature film and TV adaptation of the fantasy book series The Kingkiller Chronicle. Miranda is also expected to compose the original music and write the songs for the adaptation, which may also get a stage production. Lionsgate is obviously looking to go all out on this franchise.
According to Deadline, the plan is for Lionsgate to "simultaneously develop and produce the feature film franchise based on the trilogy, the first movie of which to be written by Lindsey Beer (Transformers 5), and a TV drama series that expands on the world outside the books." The series will explore new characters and storylines.
The first film will be based on the story told in the first book, which is called The Name of the Wind. Here is the story description for the book:
Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
With everything that they plan on doing with this property, Lionsgate feels they have a successful new franchise on their hands. Miranda is a talented individual, and it will be interesting to see what he ends up contributing to this project.