Lionsgate broke the news today that Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame will be the creative producer for the adaptations of The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss.
“The best way to service Pat Rothfuss’ unique and ambitious view was to invent a new way of adapting it with Lionsgate’s film and television teams working side-by-side, which meant that only a multi-hyphenate talent like Lin-Manuel Miranda could do the job,” said co-president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Erik Feig. “Lin is an incomparable talent and a huge fan of the trilogy and, working closely with Pat, his creative oversight of the franchise will bring an incredible level of detail and continuity to all of the projects.”
In October of 2015, Rothfuss had written a post on his blog explaining the history of turning Chronicle into a screen adaptation. It’s been hurdle after hurdle and Rothfuss seemingly wasn’t getting his hopes up until Lionsgate came along.
To be perfectly honest, it’s a bit disconcerting. I never anticipated that a Hollywood studio would treat me like a human being. Let alone want to work with me as a creative partner and respect the fact that I do, in fact, know a lot about how stories work. This story in particular.
So… yeah. That’s the news. Me and them, we’re gonna do a thing.
Rothfuss has been a big fan of Hamilton and has said that Miranda has definitely earned his pipes. This is in reference to The Kingkiller Chronicle where top-notch musicians have to perform in front of a live audience, and if they perform well enough they are given a pin that resembles a set of silver pipes. The pipes are one step to greater patronage and are proof of your skills.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 25, 2016
This year at w00tstock Rothfuss even tricked the audience into thinking that he’d be reading an excerpt from the final installment of The Kingkiller Chronicles, but instead tricked us all and read the first few lines from the show, Hamilton: An American Musical with a few changes. (You can check that portion out in the video below, near the 1:06:00 mark.)
But, the love and appreciation is a two-way street in this case. Miranda has shared previously that the song “The Story of Tonight” was his attempt to “trying to capture the feel of Kvothe & his friends leaving the Eaolian [sic]”.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 5, 2016
Much love to both of these dudes, everyone on our staff seems ECSTATIC, even though we don’t really wanna Wait For It
We’ve had a pleasure talking with Pat in the past – you can check out that podcast here (: