It seems like forever since Sam Raimi last directed a movie, and in fact, it was five years ago that he directed Disney’s The Great and Powerful Oz starring James Franco. He’s been keeping busy in the meantime producing a number of films as well as Ash vs. Evil Dead for STARZ, based on his popular Evil Dead movies.
Raimi is now in talks with Lionsgate to direct the adaptation of Pat Rothfuss’ classic novel THE KINGKILLER CHRONICLE, working with Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who was tapped as creative producer and “musical mastermind” to develop Rothfuss’ series into feature film and television adaptations two years back.
The film adaptation is written by Lindsey Beer (Transformers: The Last Knight), and it will be based on the first book in the series The Name of the Wind, which was a New York Times bestseller. The series is based around a notorious wizard named Kvothe who survives a troubled childhood.
It’s one of a number of projects Raimi is eyeing as his next film including Bermuda Triangle for Skydance, but it’s obvious that the once-prolific filmmaker wants to get back behind the camera soon.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor