Although he seems to be keeping busy with the Ash vs. Evil Dead TV series on Starz right now, over the past few years Sam Raimi has also been building up a huge list of potential projects for his eventual return to the big screen. He has been circling all kinds of different movies from an Afghanistan war movie and a remake of A Prophet to a Bermuda Triangle thriller and even a disaster movie / heist movie hybrid that sounds a lot like Rob Cohen’s upcoming The Hurricane Heist. But now he has another project in the works that might take precendence over all of them. It would find him returning to the fantasy genre with a feature film franchise that would be accompanied by a tie-in television series. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, Sam Raimi is in negotiations to direct the first movie in the The Kingkiller Chronicle series for Lionsgate. It is planned to launch a movie franchise based on the best-selling books by Pat Rothfuss, the first of which is called The Name of the Wind, published in 2007. The script is being written by Lindsey Beer, who wrote the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons reboot and also served as part of the writers room for recent several blockbuster franchises including Transformers, Godzilla vs. Kong and the now defunct Hasbro Cinematic Universe.
The books revolve around a musician and adventurer named Kvothe and music is expected to play a major role in the series with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on board as a producer and musical supervisor. What’s more, they are also planning a TV series tie-in that is currently set up at Showtime, much like The Dark Tower. Raimi had been looking to do a big budget fantasy movie a few years back when he was attached to direct Warcraft, but he also has a history of working on fantasy TV shows including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess and Legend of the Seeker. Are you looking forward to The Kingkiller Chronicle?