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Award-winning actor/playwright/singer/composer/director Lin-Manuel Miranda will be producing a television adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’ best-selling Kingkiller Chronicles fantasy series.  He will also be composing the music for it.

According to the press release, “Showtime is developing a television series adaptation of The Kingkiller Chronicle, executive produced by Pulitzer Prize, Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), with acclaimed producer John Rogers (Leverage, The Player) serving as showrunner. Miranda will also compose music for the series, which is based on Patrick Rothfuss’s global bestselling contemporary fantasy trilogy. Produced by Lionsgate, The Kingkiller Chronicle will be executive produced by Rogers, Miranda, Rothfuss, Robert Lawrence (Clueless, Die Hard with a Vengeance) and Jennifer Court (The Player).”

Dr. Lin-Manuel Miranda (he has three honorary doctorates as of last count) is best known for creating and starring in the Broadway hit Hamilton.   He has won a Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, two Grammy Awards, and three Tony Awards, and been nominated for an Oscar.  He also composed the music for Disney’s Moana and will be starring in Mary Poppins Returns, due to be released December 25, 2018.

Dr. Lin-Manuel Miranda at the 2016 Tony Awards

Lin-Manuel Miranda {photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images}

Dr. Lin-Manuel Miranda is the George M. Cohan of his generation: actor, singer, composer, director, producer, writer, and rapper. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship genius grant last year [2015] … He has won the Tony, the Grammy, and the Pulitzer Prizes, the prestigious Drama League Distinguished Performance Award, and the History Makers Award from the New York Historical Society.

The showrunner for The Kingkiller Chronicle will be John Rogers.  He is the creative force behind The Librarians, Leverage, and Jackie Chan Adventures.  He was the scriptwriter for Global Frequency and Catwoman, and provided the voice for Blue Beetle in Young Justice and other DC cartoons.

Lin-Manuel Miranda has long been a fan of Patrick Rothfuss’ books.  “The Story of Tonight,” one of the songs in Hamilton, was inspired by  The Name of the Wind.  On Barnes & Noble’s webpage for The Name of the Wind, the first comment is from Miranda.  In an interview with Variety, Miranda said, “Pat Rothfuss’ Kingkiller books are among the most read and re-read in our home. It’s a world you want to spend lifetimes in, as his many fans will attest. Pat also writes about the act of making music more beautifully than any novelist I’ve ever read. I can’t wait to play a part in bringing this world to life onscreen.”

Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime Networks Inc., is excited about the show and the team behind it.

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.  We can’t wait for this talented team to harness the magic of Kingkiller to transport us all into an awesome new world.

We’ll have more to tell you about this new series as we get it. For more news on The Kingkiller Chronicle, watch this space.

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Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.

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