It’s time for another fun round of Hit or Miss! We’ve already covered the upcoming Snowpiercer tv-series and possible new Gilmore Girls epsiodes. This time around, we’re discussing The Kingkiller Chronicle. This bookseries by Patrick Rothfuss is getting an adaptation to the small screen. The books (there are currently two out of three books out) focus on the notorious wizard Kvothe, who tells his lifestory to another character. This great story takes three days to tell, hence the three books in the series.
Why the Kingkiller Chronicle TV series is going to be a hit
- Lin-Manuel Miranda is on board as executive producer. And everything Miranda touches, turns to gold. If you need any proof, just look at Hamilton and Moana. Or check out his love is love speech if you haven’t already seen it a hundred times. I don’t even need to go any further into this point. With Miranda as producer, this show has the best. And just think about how GREAT the music for this show is going to be.
- The source material is amazing. The Kingkiller Chronicle isn’t as widely known as, say, Game of Thrones. But the trilogy is loved by all it’s readers and hardly has gotten any negative reviews. It’s first novel, The Name of the Wind, currently has a 4.55 rating on Goodreads, which is a LOT. The second book, The Wise Man’s Fear, even has a 4.57. Wow. For comparison: all of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books score less. If you haven’t read these books yet, go on and buy them now.
- Game of Thrones is at it’s end. There is just one more season to go for Jon, Dany & co, and fantasy-lovers need a new show to get hooked on. The Kingkiller Chronicle might just be that show. It’s also a low fantasy series with intrigue, cunning and mystery as important parts of the plot.
- There’s plenty of books to go around. Rothfuss not only wrote a trilogy, The Kingkiller Chronicle world also has three novella’s by his hand. And, when the last book hits the shelves, that’s it. There’s no more waiting for another book after that. Yes, I’m looking at you George R.R. Martin. If they make each book into one season, there’s at least three seasons. But as the books are quite massive, they could make two seasons out of each book. Six seasons of Kvothe sounds like the best.
Why the Kingkiller Chronicle TV series is going to be a miss
- It’s been in development limbo for a very long time. The rights to the books were sold in 2013 to Twentieth Century Fox. But they took soooo long, the rights expired and had to be sold again, this time in 2015 to Lionsgate. Now, it’s almost 2018 and not much has changed.
- The show will probably air on Showtime. This is no HBO, which made Game of Thrones great. It’s no Netflix, with trillions of subscribers all around the world. Showtime has decent shows like Ray Donovan but it’s got no experience with epic fantasy shows. Maybe this is not the best network for this tv series.
- Showrunner John Rogers wrote the screenplay for Catwoman and The Core. And while the Kingkiller Chronicles tv series is based on Rothfuss’ books, these films are not the ones you want on your resume. Rogers also helped write the first Transformers film, which was not as bad as the other two films but still was no genius story.
- A lot can go wrong with adapting fantasy to the small screen. Just think about Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth (Legend of the Seeker tv series). This had so much potential to become the next big thing on television but sadly, the tv series was the worst. Trust me on this, you don’t need to see it. Besides that, this is a tricky story. There’s Kvothe telling is lifestory in the present day, which is a storyline on it’s own (it’s not just a dude telling a story, there’s more to it); and then there’s young Kvothe. So there probably have to be two actors playing Kvothe, to say the least. It’s a complicated framework, this trilogy. So the producers/showrunner have to figure out a great way to deal with this.
Hit or miss? Conclusion
If this show get’s out of production hell, if there’s decent casting and most importantly: if the story is done justice by the screenwriters, The Kingkiller Chronicle tv series has all the potential to become the next big thing. If it starts airing just when Game of Thrones stops, a lot of those fans will probably switch to this new fantasy show. Also, Showtime needs to learn how to do some kick-ass marketing for their new trophy show. So let’s hope this is a new Game of Thrones, and not a new Sword of Truth. The Kingkiller Chronicle deserves to be a fantastic show with a large fanbase. We’ll just have to wait and see.