It was earlier this year when we’d reported on Lionsgate’s having secured the film, television, stage, and video game rights to the award-winning fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle, by Patrick Rothfuss. Added to that the excitement that the executive producer will be none other than Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, we’ve been anxiously awaiting any new word. Now that word has come by way of THR with the announcement that the broadcast network will be none other than Showtime.
The series, which follows the telling of the life story of a magician, warrior, and musician, Kvothe through a progression of tales related over three consecutive days. It has long been considered to be the best chance for a significant competitor to George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones behemoth over at HBO. With the rights secured across the various platforms, Lionsgate has expressed a desire to have feature films which follow the books (two of which are already published, with a third underway), and the television series to be set within the world of the books (somewhat in the same way that the television series is being bantered about to compliment the John Wick films).
The series is reported to be set prior to the events of the first book and following the adventures of a pair of wandering performers as they travel through the world of Temerant. John Rogers (The Librarians, The Player) is penning the pilot and will step into the showrunner position. Lin has been described to be creating the music for the series as well as being an overarching visionary. In a statement last week, Lin said:
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.
No timeline for the series to come to air has yet been announced, but given recent trends, we would guess at a Spring or Summer of ’19 premiere.