The project is an adaptation of author Patrick Rothfuss’ best-selling novel trilogy of the same name. John Rogers (NBC’s “The Player”) will serve as showrunner.
The show focuses on two wandering performers and their adventures in the frightening world of Temerant. The origin tale is set a generation prior to the events of the book series’ first novel, “The Name of the Wind,” published in 2007.
Miranda will executive produce and compose music for the Lionsgate series. Also executive producing are Rogers, Rothfuss, Robert Lawrence (“Clueless”) and Jennifer Court (“The Player”).
Lionsgate is concurrently developing a feature film and interactive games within the franchise.
“Showtime has always championed bold storytelling,” said Miranda. “Pat Rothfuss’ ‘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.”
“‘The Kingkiller Chronicle’ moves Showtime into a new genre in a powerful and unique way, led by the talented Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Rogers,” said Showtime Networks president of programming Gary Levine. “We can’t wait for this talented team to harness the magic of ‘Kingkiller’ to transport us all into an awesome new world.”
This announcement comes amid TV networks’ push to find the next smash fantasy hit as HBO’s wildly successful “Game of Thrones” prepares to air its final season.