Sam Raimi is in negotiations to direct Lionsgate’s upcoming adaptation of the popular Patrick Rothfuss fantasy novel series “The Kingkiller Chronicles,” an individual with knowledge of the talks confirmed to TheWrap.
Rothfuss and Lin-Manuel Miranda are set to produce a film and TV series based on the books, with Raimi being considered to direct a movie based on the first novel in the series, “The Name of the Wind.”
The series follows Kvothe, a legendary — and polarizing — figure who recounts his rise from the member of a massacred band of traveling performers to one of the most skilled mages in the history of the land of Temerant. “The Name of the Wind” and its sequel, “The Wise Man’s Fear,” have received critical acclaim for their exploration of the nature of heroism, with the final installment of the series, “The Doors of Stone,” currently being written by Rothfuss.
If Raimi, who is best known for his work on the “Evil Dead” and “Spider-Man” trilogies, signs on to direct this film, it would be his first since “Oz: The Great and Powerful” in 2013. In the years since, Raimi has focused on producing and writing, most notably for Fede Alvarez’s remake of “Evil Dead” and the accompanying TV series “Ash vs. Evil Dead.”
Raimi is repped by CAA.