OMG! Lin-Manuel Miranda & Patrick Rothfuss team up on Kingkiller Chronicle adaptation

December 5, 2016 Miscellany 10

So this is a thing — Lin-Manuel Miranda has signed on as creative producer for Lionsgate’s film & TV adaptations of Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles. Which means he will also be writing some of the music, and probably most of the songs. The main character, Kvothe, is a freakin’ incredible musician and songwriter, and the world is full of ballads and bawdy songs and nursery rhymes… This is going to be EPIC, folks.

The news broke last week, and I was literally jumping up and down and squealing in excitement, which is not a thing I do very often. And then I came across this exchange on Twitter. Y’all, I can’t tell you how much I love these guys, and how awesome this is going to be.

10 Responses to “OMG! Lin-Manuel Miranda & Patrick Rothfuss team up on Kingkiller Chronicle adaptation”

  1. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Oh my! I missed this! But it’s tooootally awesome to hear. Yes. Kvothe is an amazing musician so it’s going to be amazing to hear the music.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Seeing that news last week redeemed what was otherwise a pretty rough week. I wish I had had the time to blog about it then, but I’m still just as excited now as when I first heard about it. 🙂

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Well… on the one hand, I’ll be disappointed if the film adaptation of book 1 comes out before book 3. OTOH, Rothfuss would have been insane to turn down the deal Lionsgate offered, not because of the money but because of the amount of creative input they are giving him. (He did turn down at least one or two other offers, I think.) If he wants the adaptations done right, he has to be involved. And that will take time away from writing book 3 — and of course, he’s a phenomenal writer in part because he takes the time to make it perfect. So I guess I’d rather he writes the best book 3 he can, rather than skimp on it to meet an arbitrary deadline. But all the same… I want to read it, darn it!!!

      • Kaja

        You know, I’ve heard the third book is written and he just keeps tweaking it because he’s a perfectionist. And he’s been doing that for years. Ugh.

        But I agree, it’s fabulous that he is going to be writing the TV series along with other creators, it’ll be much more faithful like this!
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        • Lark_Bookwyrm

          I gather the TV series is not actually going to be about Kvothe; it will be other stories set in the same world. (That is, if my information is correct.) Which could be kind of cool — sort of like JK Rowling exploring new characters and a different time in her wizarding world through the Fantastic Beasts movie series.

          I hadn’t heard that Pat had finished the third book, but as you point out he is a perfectionist. And even if he has finished the first or second draft, many writers write multiple drafts before the book is finally in publishable form. But whenever we finally get it, I’m going to have to reread the first two books, preferably with the reread, or I won’t remember all of the little clues and threads that need tying off. He packed so much into those first two books! That may actually be why the third book is taking so long — maybe he’s trying to make sure that he follows up on everything he hinted at in the first two books.

          • Kaja

            What. I want a Kvothe TV series!! He’s one of my favourite characters of all time! <3

            But yeah, I hope he ties up the loose ends. I just read that George R. R. Martin will NOT be tying up his – he said so himself, and I'm really glad I gave up on that series because I dislike that so. much. I mean, why did he keep inflating the story if he wasn't going to finish telling those subplots? Silly man. I hope Pat does better than that.
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          • Lark_Bookwyrm

            WHAT?!!! *picks jaw up from floor* I’m sorry; you just can’t string your audience along for as long as GRRM has and not wind everything up somehow. That is really cheating on the unspoken contract between author and readers. It’s one thing in a standalone; I’ve read standalones where things are left hanging. But in a series, it’s simply unfair. (OK, I’ll give a pass on minor loose ends, but not medium-to-major ones.)

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Hmm. Sounds like he’s talking more like “ambiguous endings” than about leaving some storylines completely unresolved, which is how I interpreted it at first. But I still don’t think I want to read the series.