Lionsgate has picked up the rights to Patrick Rothfuss’ fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicle. This means you can expect not only films and a possible television series based on the best-selling series, but video games as well.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal between Rothfuss and Lionsgate “will see the series developed simultaneously” across all mediums at the same time.
“Honestly, I’ve never been very interested in a straight-up movie deal,” said Rothfuss. “But Lionsgate was willing to work out something different, a multiplatform deal where they develop the films, TV series, and games simultaneously.
“That will give us the screen time to develop the characters and show off the world. 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.”
Lionsgate’s president of interactive ventures and games, Peter Levin, will oversee video game development.
The Kingkiller Chronicle tells the story of Kvothe, a gifted magician and eventual wizard whose parents lead a group of travelling performers called the Edema Ruh troupe before tragedy struck.
Going by the pseudonym Kote after being accused of killing a king (we’ll find out more on this if the third book is very flipping released), he moves to the town of Newarre where he is the proprietor of an inn called Waystone.
Rothfuss’ first book in the trilogy, The Name of the Wind, was published in 2007 and book two The Wise Man’s Fear was released in 2011.
Book three, The Doors of Stone (working title), has yet to be released (grrrr) and will conclude this part of the storyline.
Three novellas How Old Holly Came to Be, The Lightning Tree and The Slow Regard of Silent Things have been released in short story anthologies and as a novella. Another set in the same universe, The Tale of Laniel Young-Again, is also in the works.
The Kingkiller Chronicle and its short stories have sold over 10 million copies, and hopefully, Lionsgate will do the series justice. Especially the video games.