‘Kingkiller Chronicle’ Movie, TV Series in the Works at Lionsgate

The Kingkiller Chronicle
Marc Simonetti

Lionsgate is developing a movie, TV show and videogame based on Patrick Rothfuss’ fantasy series “The Kingkiller Chronicle.”

The series is centered on the wizard Kvothe, who survives a tragic childhood to become a notorious household name. “The Kingkiller Chronicle” series of books and novellas has sold 10 million copies, and the first two books — “The Name of the Wind” and “The Wise Man’s Fear” — were New York Times bestsellers.

Robert Lawrence (“Clueless”) is producing. 20th Century Fox Television and New Regency Productions had been developing a “Kingkiller” TV series in 2013.

Lionsgate said “Kingkiller Chronicle” is the best-selling fantasy series behind “Game of Thrones.” Negotiations with several studios launched this summer with meetings taking place during Comic-Con.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-President Erik Feig and creative executives Jeyun Choi Munford and Jessica Switch will work on the movies. Lionsgate Executive Vice President of Television Chris Selak will spearhead its television adaptation and Lionsgate President of Interactive Ventures and Games Peter Levin will be in charge of videogame development.

“Pat Rothfuss’s imaginative storytelling, the spellbinding character Kvothe and the vivid world of Temerant in ‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’ series have a passionate and savvy fanbase and the potential to reach an even broader audience in adaptation,” Feig said in a statement. “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.”

Rothfuss said he was pleased that the deal provides for the films, TV series and games to be developed simultaneously.

“That will give us the screen time to develop the characters and show off the world,” he said in a statement. “What’s more, through this whole process, they’ve treated me with amazing respect. I never thought a studio would approach me as a creative partner who understands how stories work.”

The deal was negotiated by Bonnie Stylides for Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group and by Dan Hadl for the Television Group. Rothfuss is repped by Jerry Kalajian of Intellectual Property Group, Matthew Bialer of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates and Matt Sugarman of Weintraub Tobin.

The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. tanstaafl says:

    Did you call Kvothe a wizard? Really? Could you do me a favor and do a tad more research on subjects you are going to write about? Thanks.

    • Michael Rudd says:

      Nevermind the fact that the author calls Kvothe a wizard, a wizard is really just someone with a particularly keen, almost magically in-tune, knowledge of …. something. True, most fantasy novels portray wizards as magicians, spewing magical spells and runes. Strangely, Kvothe does the same thing, although it’s described in the book with a little more logic and science. But, most might consider “sympathy” a sort of magic, yes? So, perhaps you could do a little more research into what you’re talking about and also let the author have his creative license before leaving such scathing and pretentious comments?

    • lowell says:

      “this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen”
      -quote from patrick rothfuss’ website

      • Jm says:

        @blargh: Why? No one here cares. If it bothers you so much, go talk to Rothfuss so he changes it on his website. Might take a few years since he’s so lazy, but who knows?

      • blargh says:

        nonetheless, the way he’s portrayed in the books is anything but wizard-like. i agree with tanstaafl you should change it

    • Felizia says:

      truuue

  2. Ab says:

    This is amazing! Absolutely amazing, I hope these studios can deliver. If they can see the world through Rothfuss eyes and find his approval at each milestone, it’ll work beautifully.. Don’t have much faith in video games though..

  3. I hope it follow original story.

  4. Death of Kvothe says:

    This deal is the death of Kvothe and all things that were amazing. Patrick, you sold out for truck loads of money. Now we get to sit back and watch a studio rape your stories and rape us on prices. Your game will release with less than 1/3 the story for $60. We will be forced to purchase the “Season Pass” to get the rest of the story over a 2 year period for another $30. All to see the studio out source the game port to PC and we end up with a half ass poorly redone story for another $100 because we love Kvothe.

    • Grow up says:

      Grow up, whiny pants. If you were a true fan, instead of a moaner, you’d have read Pat’s blog post where he goes into detail on how he was ready to walk away from all movie deals unless the right option came along.

      Shut your complaint hole and learn something.

  5. Simon Lloyd says:

    Less remakes more original IP.

  6. JM says:

    The first book is full of clichees and the second one is terrible. Plus the author is even lazier than George Martin. Hooray for a big disaster..

    • Reshi says:

      you obviously have little exposure to literature of any kind beyond maybe a little “bearenstein bears”. This book shatters clichés left and right and has earned Pat the title of the “next tolkien” by fantasy lovers all across the world. troll all you want… your opinion only further asserts your lack of intelligence.

      • JM says:

        Think insulting people makes you more credible? ‘Next Tolkien’ is laughable. The story is nowhere near on that level. Rothfuss’ strength is his prose (as it should be if he takes five years writing and rewriting) but as a storyteller he’s a hack. Yes, the books are full of clichees (Harry Potter and the Quest for Tuition) and, really, how anyone could defend that second one is beyond me.

    • JM says:

      Yes, racist, I’ve read many books. But these here are not very good.

  7. Ériko Lima says:

    OMG!!! that’s amazing! I’m so excited, this is the best book i’ve read since Lord of the Rings

  8. Gabriella says:

    This couldn’t make me happier. Good job, Lionsgate! They’ve taken the absolute right approach to work with Rothfuss so closely on this and give the story the treatment is deserves. A++++++!!!!!

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