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.