Lin-Manuel Miranda developing 'Kingkiller Chronicle' series with Showtime

Lin-Manuel Miranda's KINGKILLER CHRONICLE Series Gets the Green Light at Showtime

Music as a core component in the story and that's why Miranda - who is set to compose music for the show as well as executive produce - is a ideal fit.

USA premium cablenet Showtime and studio Lionsgate are developing a TV series adaptation of The Kingkiller Chronicle, Patrick Rothfuss's bestselling fantasy book trilogy. It is a world that has delighted readers and critics alike, selling more than 10 million copies in 35 languages across the globe. Showtime Networks' President of Programming John Levine expressed enthusiasm for the project, saying it "moves Showtime into a new genre in a powerful and unique way".

"SHOWTIME has always championed bold storytelling", said Lin-Manuel Miranda.

When the creator of Hamilton calls your storytelling "some of the most exciting I've ever read", you can pat yourself on the back. The series, at least initially, is said to be an origin story that will take place a generation before the events of the first book, The Name Of The Wind. "I could not be more thrilled to help bring the sights and sounds of his wondrous world of Temerant to the screen". "We can't wait for this talented team to harness the magic of Kingkiller to transport us all into an awesome new world".

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Lionsgate is also developing a feature film based on the trilogy, so to avoid crossover, the Showtime series will focus on other storylines in the same fantastical world.

John Rogers will be the showrunner for the series, which doesn't actually follow the plot of the novels.

Warner Bros. planned a similar rollout for its Dark Tower adaptation, which was slated to include a tie-in TV show as well as a series of movies - but given the film's lackluster box office haul and critical mauling, author Stephen King is now describing the TV series as "a complete reboot".

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