After engineering a Broadway slam-dunk in hit musical Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda has become one of the most sought-after talents in all of Hollywood, and has already inked a number of high-profile deals with Disney including a key role in 2018 sequel, Mary Poppins Returns.
The Hollywood Reporter now brings word of another, with this one in particular involving Lionsgate’s long-gestating adaptation of The Kingkiller Chronicle. Miranda, a close friend of the original author Patrick Rothfuss, has come attached as a creative producer, and will oversee development for Lionsgate, which may well include a companion TV series. But Miranda’s forte lies in music, and sure enough THR has confirmed that the esteemed composer will write original songs for The Kingkiller Chronicle, similar to his contribution on Disney’s critically-acclaimed Moana.
“Pat Rothfuss’ Kingkiller books are among the most read and re-read in our home,” says the Hamilton man. “It’s a world you want to spend lifetimes in, as his many fans will attest. Pat also writes about the act of making music more beautifully than any novelist I’ve ever read.”
First published in 2007, The Kingkiller Chronicle is a lavish fantasy tale told across three distinct timelines. Kvothe is the protagonist that anchors that sprawling story, which revolves around a magically gifted young man and famous musician who “grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.” Lindsey Beer, one of the many scribes involved in Paramount’s Transformers universe, has been elected to adapt the first novel, The Name of the Wind.
As for Lin-Manuel Miranda, the so-hot-right-now composer has a slew of upcoming projects to look forward to, including a feature adaptation of In The Heights along with a live-action spin on The Little Mermaid, the latter of which he’ll score.