A few adaptations of The Kingkiller Chronicle fantasy series have been announced over the last three years and one is finally getting off the ground at Showtime. Now, Gary Levine, Showtime Networks President, has confirmed that the writing process is moving forward.
“We have a group of writers working away and writing the stories and the scripts, and we’re working with them very diligently,” Levine said to TV Guide.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, star of Hamilton and Mary Poppins Returns, will executive produce the project along with John Rogers. Levine said that the two “are talking constantly” on Twitter, and Miranda is deeply involved with making music a huge priority in the show.
“Obviously, there’s a huge musical component to the series and that will be Lin’s domain,” Levine said. “And he’s incredibly excited about it.”
Miranda is composing music for both the Showtime series and a Kingkiller Chronicle feature film that’s set to be directed by Sam Raimi.
Although it’s still officially untitled, the series is set to be a prequel to the events in the books by Patrick Rothfuss. The main characters will be two traveling musicians who could be related to Kvothe, the orphaned warrior and performer protagonist of the series.
The Kingkiller Chronicle is a trilogy of novels by Rothfuss telling the third-person account of the life of Kvothe. Book one and two, The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, came out in 2007 and 2011 respectively. The Doors of Stone, the third novel in the series, is still awaiting release.
A premiere date for the Showtime prequel, as well as release for a tie-in Kingkiller Chronicle feature film, have yet to be announced.