Lin-Manuel Miranda, of Hamilton fame, has a new TV series coming to Showtime. He will be the executive producer of the show entitled The Kingkiller Chronicle, and will also be doing the music for the show as well. While known for his success on Broadway, this won't be Miranda's first time collaborating in TV, as he has been part of some hit shows including How I Met Your Mother, The Sopranos, and House, M.D. He also composed the music for Disney's Moana.
The new Showtime series will also be an adaption of the Kingkiller Chronicle book series by Patrick Rothfuss, which has sold millions of copies and regularly been featured on the New York Times bestsellers list. This obviously isn't Miranda's first experience with adaptation, since his broadway hit Hamilton was based on the biography Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow.
According to Variety, the Lionsgate production, The Kingkiller Chronicle, has now been officially picked up by Showtime. The show will not only be produced by Miranda, but also by Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Lawrence, Jennifer Court, and John Rogers (who will also be the showrunner). The series will follow an infamous wizard called Kvothe, who also happens to be a famous musician - yet another reason why Miranda is a good fit for this show.
The first novel is called The Name of the Wind, with the second being called The Wise Man's Fear. There's also currently a third book being written, but it has yet to have been released, leaving some to wonder if this series will take the Game of Thrones approach and eventually overtake the source material.
Miranda is one of Broadway's most successful breakout stars of the past decade, and after Hamilton became a hit, the writer/musician/actor quickly began making waves in Hollywood as well. Next year he can be seen in Mary Poppins Returns, as a street lamplighter called Jack, and he's also working on the music for a new live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, alongside Disney legend Alan Menken. However, even though he's making waves on the big screen, Miranda seems equally enamored with this TV project, saying:
“Showtime has always championed bold storytelling... Pat Rothruss’ Kingkiller series is some of the most exciting storytelling I have ever read. I could not be more thrilled to help bring the sights and sounds of his wondrous world of Temerant to the screen."
We certainly look forward to seeing what he makes of it.
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