What could be better than to hear that fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss’s bestselling, award winning book The Name of the Wind and the series it debuted, “The Kingkiller Chronicles” has been picked up by Lionsgate to be developed into a major motion picture? How about part of the deal also being a television show?
Now, let’s blow your mind: the deal includes a video game, as well!
Yes, indeed, you have it from venerable entertainment source, The Hollywood Reporter: “The deal sets up the simultaneous development of movies, television series and video games with the goal to adapt the many stories across the mediums at the same time.”
Oh, and Patrick Rothfuss, himself, who broke the news the same time as the big Hollywood power sites did, had this to say: “So… yeah. That’s the news. Me and them, we’re gonna do a thing.” (He actually had a lot more to say… here’s a link to his blog, which explains a lot, and in a way that only Patrick Rothfuss can.)
And Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig put out his own statement:
Pat Rothfuss’s imaginative storytelling, the spellbinding character Kvothe and the vivid world of Temerant in The Kingkiller Chronicle series have a passionate and savvy fanbase and the potential to reach an even broader audience in adaptation. It is rare that a property comes along with a world so rich and multilayered that it lends itself to exploration across film, television and video game audiences at the same time.
Wow. Just… wow. That’s the best news we’ve had in a long time. Exciting news. Hope you all are as psyched about seeing The Kingkiller Chronicles on the big screen and the small screen, and even interact with it in a video game, as we are!
Yup, this news pretty much makes it a danged good week.