A multiplatform deal has been struck for Lionsgate to produce film, TV and video game adaptations of Pat Rothfuss’s bestselling fantasy book series, The Kingkiller Chronicle. The plan is for the projects to be developed simultaneously across media. The news comes after negotiations at last summer’s Comic-Con between Rothfuss and several studios, including MGM and Warner Bros.
This hugely popular series, which began in 2007 with The Name of the Wind, chronicles the adventures of Kvothe, a young man with magical abilities who, following a tragic childhood, eventually becomes the most notorious wizard of all time.
High profile filmmaker Robert Lawrence is on board to produce. Lawrence’s impressive and diverse credits include big screen hits Clueless, Die Hard: With a Vengeance and Rock Star, as well as the TV series Martin.
Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig, who is among those overseeing the Kingkiller Chronicle films, enthusiastically praised the fantasy series, saying, “Pat Rothfuss’s imaginative storytelling, the spellbinding character Kvothe and the vivid world of Temerant . . .have a passionate and savvy fan base and the potential to reach an even broader audience in adaptation. It is rare that a property comes along with a world so rich and multilayered that it lends itself to exploration across film, television and video game audiences at the same time.”
As popular as these stories have become over the past eight years, some may question whether the material can support adaptations across multiple platforms, but in Feig’s opinion the franchise “demands multiplatform exploration.”