The best-selling novels by Patrick Rothfuss are receiving a film and TV series adaptation, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is on board to contribute his talents.
With the success of Hamilton, Miranda has been in high demand in the film world over the last year. Recently he has been working with Disney on Moana and will be starring in Mary Poppins Returns - and now, he has caught the attention of Lionsgate, who are bringing him in for the planned adaptations of the Kingkiller Chronicle series.
The books, the first of which was released in 2007, comprise of a trilogy (with the third book yet to be released) and three novellas set in the same world. The main trilogy takes place in three time streams: the present, in which the protagonist, Kvothe, is dictating his life’s story to a historian; the past, a first-person account of Kvothe’s life; and lastly, in fables, parables, and short stories about the world scattered throughout. Lionsgate closed a deal for the rights to the film in October 2015, though many studios have been interested for a long time.
Miranda first became friendly with Rothfuss over Twitter, and since then the pair have agreed that Miranda will be a creative producer on whatever Lionsgate produces from the fantasy novels, including a potential TV series running alongside the films. He will also be working on composing some original songs for the series. Miranda said of Rothfuss’ work: "Pat Rothfuss' Kingkiller books are among the most read and re-read in our home. It's a world you want to spend lifetimes in, as his many fans will attest. Pat also writes about the act of making music more beautifully than any novelist I've ever read."
Lindsey Beer, who is currently working on the new Transformers film, is currently in the process of scripting the first movie, based on The Name Of The Wind (the first book in the trilogy). The films are the latest in the stream of projects Miranda is set to work on: he is also involved in Disney’s live action remake of The Little Mermaid, and is working on bringing his first successful stage musical, In The Heights, to the screen. In the meantime, you can hear his musical brilliance in Moana, which will be arriving in the UK this Friday (December 2).