Showtime has backed away from Lionsgate's TV adaptation of bestselling fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicle?
According to Deadline, Lionsgate’s TV adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’ bestselling fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicle, which was being developed for Showtime, needs to find a new home. Producer Lionsgate is now shopping the series to other potential outlets, including Apple TV.
The TV series is based on the best selling fantasy books known as The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss. According to Deadline, Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame is attached to the project as an executive producer and will also compose music for the program. Leverage‘s John Rogers is set to serve as showrunner. The project is unique in that Lionsgate is also developing a major feature film (written by Lindsey Beer), as well as interactive games in addition to the series.
The two Kingkiller Chronicle books so far, which have sold 10 million copies around the world, follow a pair of wandering performers as they journey through the strange world of Temerant, meeting heroes and evildoers along the way. The series, at least initially, is said to be an origin story that will take place a generation before the events of the first book, The Name of the Wind.
Miranda said in a statement, “Pat Rothruss’ Kingkiller series is some of the most exciting storytelling I have ever read. I could not be more thrilled to help bring the sights and sounds of his wondrous world of Temerant to the screen.”
With Game of Thrones being such a massive hit for HBO, it’s not surprising to see some of the network’s rivals start to poke around the fantasy genre on their own. What made Showtime changer their mind on the project? And is there a chance it can find a new home? We’ll update this article with more news when we hear it.