'Kingkiller Chronicle' TV Series Not Based on 'Name of the Wind,' Updates from Writers Room

Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Showtime president Gary Levine provided an update on The Kingkiller Chronicle TV series.

"We have a group of writers working away and writing the stories and the scripts, and we're working with them very diligently," Levine told TV Guide.

The Kingkiller Chronicle, a planned trilogy of books from author Patrick Rothfuss, follows the lute player and adventurer Kvothe as he searches for a patron, learns naming magic at an arcane university and works to avenge the death of his parents at the hands of the mysterious and powerful Chandrian.

In 2017, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda was announced as executive producer for both a Lionsgate movie adaptation and the Showtime series, with John Rogers ( Leverage) serving as showrunner on the TV show. Miranda will compose music for the series, Levine confirmed.

"[Miranda] and John Rogers are talking constantly—you can see it on Twitter—and he's very involved," Levine said. "Obviously, there's a huge musical component to the series and that will be Lin's domain."

"Showtime did finally greenlight the writers' room," Rothfuss told ScienceFiction.com in December. "It's really amazing and I love working with John Rogers because he's a deep, deep geek and he really loves these books and he really knows how to make TV. He's put together an amazing writing room."

Rothfuss further confirmed the TV series wouldn't be a direct adaptation of The Name of the Wind, the first book in The Kingkiller Chronicle, taking place a generation earlier. Instead of Kvothe, the series will star two musicians, likely from the series' Edema Ruh culture of traveling entertainers. It's possible these two main characters are Kvothe's parents, Laurian and Arliden, though Rothfuss wouldn't confirm.

"He said, 'I want to have a TV show with traveling performs that's set a generation before and we see the world a generation before the events in The Name of the Wind," Rothfuss told ScienceFiction.com, describing Rogers' pitch for the series. "We get to meet characters earlier on, before Kvothe existed. Some of these older characters, we get to meet them. We'll get to explore parts of the world that we'd never get to see otherwise."

Rothfuss has also consulted directly on the show, visiting with writers to answers questions about The Kingkiller Chronicle's world of Temerant. "To be an actual, functional part of that team, which is really rare because you don't bring in the author of the book when you're doing an adaptation like this," Rothfuss said. "But they did for me, and John made it happen. It was really amazing and I'm so, so pleased with how the TV show is developing."

Rogers has also offered several updates on the writing process on Twitter.

This week the writers discovered my passion for quantum mechanics and the weird coincidence of the Caillaux/Calmette murder & Franz Ferdinand's love affair with his wife was surpassed only by my rant about showrunners who wear deep V's in their publicity photos.

Pray for them.

— John Rogers (@jonrog1) December 16, 2018

There is a GIANT hat tip to A KNIGHTS TALE in the Kingkiller pilot, we’ll see who catches it. That movie’s great.

— John Rogers (@jonrog1) November 11, 2018

*Looks up form plotting episodes three and four of THE KINGKILLER CHRONICLES*: "Pat, is there something you want to tell me?"

— John Rogers (@jonrog1) October 30, 2018

Once KINGKILLER is up and running, I can tell the story where I explained that before we would ever do "historically accurate" sexual violence, we would do "historically accurate" undercooked pork, and the resulting tragedy. 30 minutes of it.

— John Rogers (@jonrog1) September 11, 2018

Rereading my notes from a KINGKILLER meeting, there was a funny moment when @Josh_Friedman said to a director "John puts together really good D&D parties. That's how he writes shows." and I finally understand what that nightmare of being in school naked feels like.

— John Rogers (@jonrog1) June 22, 2018

The Name of the Wind was released in 2007, with the second entry, The Wise Man's Fear, following in 2011. Rothfuss is still writing the highly-anticipated third and final entry in The Kingkiller Chronicle, currently titled The Doors of Stone.