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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Kingkiller Chronicle TV adaptation is starting to take shape.
Leverage creator John Rogers has been tapped to write the pilot and serve as showrunner on the project, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on the best-selling series of novels by Pat Rothfuss, The Kingkiller Chronicle series chronicles the life and times of Kvothe, a magically gifted young man and famous musician who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
Rogers will exec produce with Rothfuss, Robert Lawrence (Clueless, Die Hard With a Vengeance) and Jennifer Court, Rogers’ head of development at his Kung Fu Monkey shingle.
As announced last month, Lionsgate is producing the TV adaptation as well as a film project based on the books with Miranda, who will serve as franchise creative producer and is expected to compose original music and songs for the project. While the movie will be based directly on the trilogy, the TV project will expand on the world outside of the books. Rothfuss will serve as an exec producer on both projects.
“With the addition of the incredibly talented John Rogers as showrunner, we have now assembled the perfect creative team to develop a premium quality scripted series to launch our Kingkiller Chronicle franchise,” said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. “The unique collaboration between our television and feature film divisions will enable us to dramatically expand the world of this iconic franchise for its millions of passionate fans while introducing the property to a whole new global audience.”
Rogers currently serves as showrunner on TNT’s The Librarians, which he created. He is also writing a Magnum P.I. reboot produced by Eva Longoria for ABC. His feature credits include Transformers, American Outlaw and Catwoman. He is repped by CAA, Thruline Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.
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