If You Love Game Of Thrones, Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Going To Make Your New Favorite TV Show

Fans of great storytelling rejoice, for an epic announcement has been made! Lin-Manuel Miranda is adapting Patrick Rothfuss's The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy as a fantasy series on Showtime. Lionsgate is collaborating with the premier channel to create a whole world dedicated to the author of The Wise Man's Fear and The Name of the Wind, including a feature film, video games, and The Kingkiller Chronicle TV show, which will actually be somewhat of a prequel to the original book series.

Patrick Rothfuss is one of the best fantasy authors in the game, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is a musical phenomenon so the convergence of these two mega-talents should result in an amazing production. Considering the success of shows like Game of Thrones and Outlander, producers are clearly striking while the historical-fantasy iron is hot, so chances are good that The Kingkiller Chronicle will be huge.

Here's everything you need to know about this much anticipated Patrick Rothfuss/Lin-Manuel Miranda collaboration.

  • There Are Elements Harry Potter Fans Will Recognize

    In The Kingkiller Chronicle book series, the character Kvothe recounts his time as a young man who attends a school of magic, called the University, or the Arcanum. For obvious reasons, this is very reminiscent of Harry Potter, but it's far from a pale shade. For one thing, the system of magic in The Kingkiller Chronicles is much more complex than that of Harry Potter, as is generally the case with fantasy fiction versus young adult fiction. This isn't to belittle Harry Potter in any way - the two genres differ by nature. The system of magic Rothfuss created is dictated by universal laws, which are explained in detail throughout the story, and it is this that Kvothe studied at the University.

    What's more, given that it is more mature content, there are greater stakes at the University, and in the world in general. While the later Harry Potter books became darker and more readily depicted death, Rothfuss's world is dark and dangerous from the outset that shows real suffering.

  • There's More Magic (And Physics) Than Game Of Thrones

    There's More Magic (And Physics) Than Game Of Thrones
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    Game of Thrones was able to reach such a broad audience because despite the fantasy/medieval elements, at its heart it is a relevant political thriller. At least initially. While magic is of course present in A Song of Ice and Fire, it only becomes more prevalent as the story progresses, and still after five books and seven seasons hasn't been completely explored or uncovered. Conversely, in The Kingkiller Chronicle, magic is much more integral to the story, and thus the world has a much more defined system of magic. There are various forms of magic, including alchemy, as well as an original Rothfuss creation called "sympathy" through which an arcanist can affect one object or person via another as long as there is some sort of physical link (as in physics, not literal contact) between the two. Rothfuss's career as a chemistry teacher is quaintly reflected in his book as he often reminds readers that energy is neither created nor destroyed, merely transferred, even within his system of magic.

  • The Tone Won't Be Nearly As Dark As Game Of Thrones

    The Tone Won't Be Nearly As Dark As Game Of Thrones
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    While The Kingkiller Chronicle is indeed an adult fantasy series like A Song of Ice and Fire (from which Game of Thrones was adapted), the world isn't quite as dark. Rothfuss doesn't hide from depicting pain, suffering, or death, but his tale has much more levity and joy than Martin's work. Because most of the story is of Kvothe as a youth at a school of magic, it is, by nature, less violent and dire. 

    Of course, the series itself won't be about that - Slash Film reports it "will follow a pair of wandering performers on their adventures." This will ostensibly provide its own levity. These performers will no doubt encounter dark forces and violent characters, but it's most likely that their adventures will be a little less gloomy, in general. 

  • Really, The Best Way To Think Of It Is Harry Potter Meets Game Of Thrones

    Really, The Best Way To Think Of It Is Harry Potter Meets Game Of Thrones
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    The Kingkiller Chronicle does a fantastic job of balancing the levity and wonder of Harry Potter with the dark, gritty, and real, tangible danger of Game of Thrones. At times Rothfuss' story is exceedingly  joyful and at times it is imminently sorrowful. While it's true that the show will not tell the same story as the books, it is a safe bet that the producers, which include Lin-Manuel Miranda and Patrick Rothfuss himself, will capture the tone of the book series. 

  • The Showtime Series Will Be A Prequel To The Books While The Lionsgate Feature Will Be A Book Adaptation

    According to Deadline Hollywood, Showtime has partnered with Lionsgate to produce The Kingkiller Chronicle television show and a corresponding feature film. Video games are purportedly in the works as well. It is likely the movie(s) will tell Kvothe's tale - that of the books themselves - because the Showtime serial will be “a subversive origin story of legendary proportions set a generation before the events of the trilogy’s first novel, The Name of the Wind,” as stated in the press release.

    Put simply, the events of the books, in effect, do take place in two different generations. The narrator of Kvothe's adventures as a youth, is an old, world-weary Kvothe himself. So the statement should say explicitly that the show will take place a generation before Kvothe's life, just to be clear, as is almost certainly the case.

  • Music Is Integral To Rothfuss's World

    In the books, music tells as much a story as the story itself being told. It is Kvothe's lifeblood in many ways. Not only does his music playing allow the orphan boy to make a living, but it was the only thing that kept him sane after the trauma of his youth.

    It is particularly welcome news that Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical genius behind Hamilton, is going to be producing The Kingkiller Chronicle because music plays a fundamental role in the story. While the show is an origin story that predates Kvothe, it will follow a pair of traveling performers, meaning that music will still play an integral role, and indeed Lin-Manuel is penning the music himself.