Lionsgate Wins Rights to ‘Kingkiller Chronicle’ Fantastic Book Series (Exclusive) – The Hollywood Reporter
Lionsgate closed a complex multi platform duties deal with pickup The king slayer the Chronicle, the best-selling fantasy book series from Patrick Rothfuss.
The deal sets up the simultaneous development of films, television series and video games with the aim of adapting the many stories through the mediums at the same time.
It also limits the interest and negotiation which lasts since mid-July, when Rothfuss met studios such as Warner Bros., MGM and Lionsgate, among others, at Comic-Con.
Robert Laurent, whose credits include 90s classic Distraught as good as Mark Wahlberg vehicle Rock star and the drama The last castle, will produce. Lawrence was one of the first hunters of the king slayer series and remained on the series even when it was temporarily set up on Fox Television.
king slayer tells about the life and times of Kvothe, a young man gifted in magic who becomes the most famous wizard his world has ever seen.
The first book, The name of the wind, was published in 2007 and since then the second novel as well as three short stories have sold over 10 million copies. They say the books are only behind Game Of Thrones in terms of modern epic fantasy bestsellers.
“Honestly, I was never very interested in a direct film deal,” said Rothfuss. “Corn Lionsgate was willing to work on something different, a multi platform deal where they develop movies, TV series and games simultaneously. This will give us time on the screen to develop the characters and show the world. Plus, throughout this process, they treated me with incredible respect. I never thought a studio would approach me as a creative partner who understands how stories work. “
Lionsgate Co-president of the Motion Picture group Erik Feig and creative executives Jeyun Choi Munford and jessica switch will oversee the development of the film side.
Executive vice-president television Chris Selak will spearhead its development for television while chairman of the company’s interactive businesses and games Pierre Levin will guide the side of the games.
“Tap by Rothfuss imaginative storytelling, bewitching character Kvothe and the living world of Bold in The king slayer the Chronicle the series have a passionate and savvy fan base and the potential to reach an even larger audience in adaptation, ”said Feig. “It is rare for a property to be accompanied by such a rich and multilayer that it lends itself to exploration both to film, television and video game audiences.
Feig also stated that the books were not only unique in supporting multiple mediums, but that the franchise “even requires multi platform exploration.”
Rothfuss is replaced through Jerry Kalajian of the Intellectual Property Group, Matthew Bialer by Sanford J. Greenburger Associates and Mast confectioner of Weintraub To throw.