Sam Raimi is known by horror fans for his infectious Evil Dead franchise and for supernatural hits like Drag Me to Hell. However, the influential director has been known to delve into science fiction and fantasy every once in a while, with films such as Spider-Man and Oz the Great and Powerful. Turns out, he’s headed for another mainstream hit in the form of a big screen adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’ popular The Kingkiller Chronicle series of fantasy books.
Variety reports that Raimi will helm the production of the first film in a fledgling series for Lionsgate. Rothfuss’ first book in the literary series is titled, The Name of the Wind. The Kingkiller Chronicle features the story of Kvothe, a famous wizard, adventurer, and musician. Lin-Manuel Miranda signed with Lionsgate back in 2016 as a creative producer for the important musical element of the series. Miranda’s deal covers both film and television series based on The Kingkiller Chronicle franchise. Lindsey Beer, writer of the upcoming Chaos Walking, Barbie, and Godzilla vs. Kong motion pictures, has been hired to pen the screenplay for the film.