Patrick Rothfuss’s classic ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’ novels were set to come to life as a set of films connected to a television series but now that plan has been thrown into turmoil. Showtime was the channel which the televised series was set to air, and the network has now decided to pass on what Lin-Manuel Miranda was putting together. It isn’t clear if this could cause any delays that would also push back the Sam Raimi film which was slated to kick things off for the franchise.
Lionsgate Television still has faith in the concept and is already shopping the project around to prospective networks. Apple is said to be one of the streaming services which is looking at the scripts written by John Rogers (‘Leverage’). Rogers is not only writing the pilot but is the showrunner and executive producer for the show.
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It should be noted that when the series initially landed on Showtime, they were the winner in a multi-outlet bidding war and it wouldn’t be surprising if some of the earlier interested parties might return to the table.
While not much is known about what they planned to do with the television series quite yet, it was revealed that it would serve as a prequel to the films. Much as ‘The Dark Tower’ wanted to do, this will be a companion piece that helps flesh out the larger story and up the worldbuilding that Lin-Manuel Miranda wants to deliver to audiences.
With the success of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’, we have seen a rise in fantasy shows being developed from a new take on ‘Lord of the Rings‘ to ‘Game of Thrones’ prequels to the ‘Wheel of Time‘ series and beyond. ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’ is one of the most ambitious of these projects as they were slated to have a cinematic and televised released. Hopefully, this is a concept that will still end up seeing the light of day!
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter