The Kingkiller Chronicle TV Adaptation Gets a Network and a Synopsis

Almost a year after we found out that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda would be helming the multimedia adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle series, we get some updates! For one, the television series of the same name will air on Showtime and has brought on a showrunner in John Rogers (The Librarians, Leverage, Transformers). What’s more, Showtime’s official announcement includes a summary of the series—a vague summary, but something to chew on nonetheless!

According to the press release:

Set in the world of the wildly popular fantasy series by Rothfuss, The Kingkiller Chronicle will follow a pair of wandering performers on their adventures through the unique and startling world of Temerant, immersing audiences in a universe of unexpected heroes, mystical places, and terrifying dark forces. […] The television adaption is a subversive origin story of legendary proportions set a generation before the events of the trilogy’s first novel, The Name of the Wind.

Amusingly, Rogers had tweeted something cryptic five hours ago:

He followed up the official announcement with:

By contrast, Miranda:

Miranda, who will be composing music for the series, said in the press release that “Showtime has always championed bold storytelling. Pat Rothfuss’ 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.”

The Kingkiller Chronicle moves Showtime into a new genre in a powerful and unique way, led by the talented Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Rogers,” said Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “We can’t wait for this talented team to harness the magic of Kingkiller to transport us all into an awesome new world.” Which is to say, HBO has some competition in the epic fantasy TV sphere.

Rothfuss, Miranda, and Rogers will all serve as executive producers, alongside Robert Lawrence and Jennifer Court (Leverage).

No word yet on premiere date.

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