Although Sam Raimi still produces fairly regularly, he hasn’t helmed a feature film since 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful, but he has a lot of projects in the works. In addition to a remake of the 2009 French crime saga A Prophet, Raimi is also working on an adaptation of George Friedman’s novel, World War 3; a reboot of his classic TV series, Xena: Warrior Princess; and a film called Bermuda Triangle. Let’s put it this way: when I tried to take a screenshot of all the projects he’s got in development, I couldn’t fit them all into one picture. But here’s a start.
On top of all that, Raimi has signed on to direct an adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicle novels. Currently, there are two novels in the series, with a final third book planned but not yet written. In addition to Raimi, Lin-Manuel Miranda – the creator of Broadway’s Hamilton – has signed on to produce the film. The first two novels in the Kingkiller Chronicle series are called The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. Additionally, there are a handful of spin-off novellas and short stories, titled “How Old Holly Came to Be,” “The Lightning Tree,” and The Slow Regard of Silent Things.
According to a synopsis of The Name of the Wind:
Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
In addition to Raimi’s film, Showtime is working on a prequel series that takes place before the events of the book. If everything goes according to plan, there might be a theatrical film franchise and a TV series airing in conjunction with it that tells a different story in the same universe. Then again, we’ve learned through the sky-high stack of projects on the docket, that Sam Raimi might not be the most reliable guy in the world when it comes to, you know, getting stuff made.
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