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Kingkiller Chronicle Coming to the Small Screen

Two books into his Kingkiller Chronicle Trilogy, Patrick Rothfuss has pulled a George R.R. Martin and optioned rights to the series to 20th Century Fox TV, per The first two books in Rothfuss’ series (The Name of the Wind and The Wise Men’s Fear) have both topped the New York Times Bestseller list, and anticipation is building for the series finale (which is likely to be released next year).

Details about the proposed show are thus far unknown. But one would have to assume that the success of HBO’s Game of the Thrones had some bearing on Fox’s push to acquire rights from Rothfuss. The Kingkiller Chronicle takes place in a world which has been crafted with enough complexity to rival the Seven Kingdoms or Middle Earth (parallels have also been drawn to Ursula Le Guin’s realm of Earthsea). The story follows the exploits of the legendary Kvothe, a lyre-strumming arcanist extraodinaire, who seeks to unravel clues and avenge the death of his parents. The story is told in the first person by Kvothe, from the comfort of an inn (which he has retired to). This inn could serve as a good narrative device for the show, with episodes cutting to and from the inn to get Kvothe’s insider perspective (an element of the books which makes them so unique).

In this addition of dreamcasting: Anton Yelchin as Kvothe.

And though no casting rumors have been thrown out as of yet, this writer would like to suggest Anton Yelchin for the role of the headstrong hero.

It will be interesting to see if a trend emerges of shows attempting to emulate Game of Thrones. If done properly, The Kingkiller Chronicle is a great place to start. But opportunities like this have certainly been squandered before. (Fans of Le Guin’s Earthsea series are still reeling from the number that SciFi pulled on it almost 10 years ago).

One also has to wonder if this push toward serious, character-driven fantasy will bring the chance for a Silmarillion adaptation any closer. For now, at least for the sake of Patrick Rothfuss, let’s hope that Game of Thrones is more than just a flash in the pan.