Wednesday, June 6, 2007
My Book, the Movie...

I forgot to mention this when it happened, so I'll mention it now.

I did an interview with a cool site called MY BOOK, THE MOVIE.

If you're interested in different author's daydreams on the subject of turning their books into films, you should go check it out.


P.S. After you've finished reading the interview, I'd be curious who y'all thing would be good casting choices for the various characters in the book. Post them in the comments below and let's geek out a little.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, but as I was reading I pictured Clay Aiken as Kvothe, when he was at the University. Not so sure about thh older Kvothe.

June 6, 2007 5:20 AM  
Blogger Dingosatemybaby said...

You TEASE! I saw the title of your post in my RSS reader and couldn't click through fast enough. I thought that perhaps you were going to announce that someone bought the movie rights. Oh well, I'm sure it will happen soon enough.

Congrats on the Quill nomination btw.

I'm really no good at these 'casting dream team' things but I agree whole-heartedly with you that Joss would be perfect to write/direct a movie adaptation of this.

Then again, I'd go see another Godzilla remake if he was involved, so...

June 6, 2007 6:01 AM  
Blogger Adam B. Shaeffer said...

I agree about the no namer for Kvothe. Any famous actor would probably bring too much of himself to the role.

June 6, 2007 9:01 AM  
Anonymous Katy said...

I pictured young Kvothe as Shaun White, although he's more of a snowboarder than actor....

Guillermo del Toro? Hell yeah; Pan's Labyrinth was absolutely fantastic. And Joss Weadon? Ohmygod, yes.

June 6, 2007 9:25 AM  
Anonymous Josie said...

And there I was, thinking that someone had optioned your book for a movie. Oh well, geeking out is just as fun.

I agree with you casting Natalie Portman as Denna, and a no-name for Kvothe. My only problem with turning the book into a movie is that the book is so complicated. The movie would only have about half the plot and it would still be 3 hours long. I'd go see it though.

June 6, 2007 9:56 AM  
Blogger Robert Crandall said...

It would reinforce the theme of the book if you had recognizable faces play most of the cast, but have Kvothe be an unknown. Much like Kvothe starting as an unknown at the University where everyone else was established. The unknown actor going against hollywood establishments as Kvothe goes against University upperclassmen/professors. Damn liberal arts education! And completely agree with Guillermo Del Toro.

I'm sorry, I don't have the book here with me and it's been a while since I read it, so I don't remember all the names:

The professor that Kvothe burns I pictured as Vincent Schiavelli.

The nemesis as someone like Wil Wheaton. He's bulked up since his Star Trek days. Maybe I'm wrong, but I saw the character as likable and charming at first, as compared to the casting of Malfoy who has never been likable.

June 6, 2007 10:06 AM  
Blogger Robert Crandall said...

I was picturing someone like George Newbern as Kvothe. That's his face in my mind:

Of course, you'd have to cast someone who could really play musical instruments. I hate it when Hollywood tries to cast someone who has never seen a piano as a music prodigy.

June 6, 2007 10:15 AM  
Blogger Wes said...

Adult - Matt Damon or Ryan Phillipe, both look young enough to fit with the story and have played characters with a bit of a dark edge.
Child - ??


Patrick Stewart

Adult - Portman, Winslet
Child - ??

June 6, 2007 4:01 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

First and foremost, you may slap me on the wrist for being so lax about replying to your blog. I was so excited when you said you were planning on writing more often, and then I go and be too busy to be involved in them. Shame on me!

Anyway, The Name of the Wind would be a fantastic movie, but I would feel cheated if the first book were compressed into 1 movie. It'd have to at LEAST be 2.

I've never been good at placing actors to characters, but I agree with Portman and a no-name for Kvothe. Although Jonathan Rhys-Meyers comes to mind, as far as talent, but I'm not sure he fits
the bill.

Ambrose reminds me EXACTLY of Balthier from FFXII, who reminds me EXACTLY of Spike from Buffy.

Milla Jovovich would make a great Auri, most definitely.

I seem to be naming pretty big actors, but those came to mind.

Now ... when does the movie come out???

Fela is a tough one, I imagine her really pretty, and voluptuous and its hard to find actresses that are so. Maybe Kirsten Dunst.

June 6, 2007 5:06 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Whoa, that's what I get for trying to edit and rearrange my thoughts in the box rather than in Notepad or something.

June 6, 2007 5:08 PM  
Anonymous rc said...

Your Book Would make a Horrible Movie. Its to much meat and potatoes and not enough dessert, and movies (Fantasy movies) are always focused on dessert. I could only imagine it being ruined for a lot of people if it was made into a movie. (Though with Guillermo Del Toro as director, ?)

Although a mini series , TV Show or better yet 2 mini series could do THE NAME OF THE WIND justice. Given the correct dedication and budget

Katy: I so agree about Shaun White

June 6, 2007 11:10 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Hell, yeah, a movie! I see pictures when I read your story, too. It would translate well to film. It's character driven enough that the special effects and "magic" could be at a minimum--tasteful, but not enough to detract from the characters.
I'm with you on Natalie Portman, Pat, and also with the no-name for Kvothe.
I'll keep my eye out for red-headed luthiers who can act.
What do you think about John Hurt for Ben? I loved Ben. I think John Hurt could pull off the right mix of gravity and crotchety tenderness.
I love how everyone is on board with the movie thing. That kind of juice is what makes it happen.

June 6, 2007 11:58 PM  
Anonymous cameron said...

Let' see- How about...

Kvothe - Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins & 28 Days)
Elodin - Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting)
Denna - Lyndsey Marshal (Rome & The Hours)... Natalie Portman's nose may be too straight ; )
Kilvin - Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels)

I'll have to think about the others... What about Kvothe's voice? I've been listening to an acoustic show Chris Cornell did in Sweden, and I have to say, if there's a voice that could bring tears to the eyes, it's his...


June 7, 2007 12:07 AM  
Anonymous Tycho said...

I can't help but think any sort of movie, no matter how well made, could never quite live up to the book, and we'd all be left thinking "what's the point?" All the casting/writing/directing picks in that link are dead on, though. I'd also second Patrick Stewart as the Chronicler. He's awesome.

June 7, 2007 9:59 AM  
Blogger I. M. Bitter said...

If your book does get optioned for a movie, make sure that you still have rights to keep your fingers in the project.

Not that you have to do much, like the screenwriting, I just think you should maintain some sort of creative control. (I guess I'm just dissapointed about what happened to Eragon.) I would hate to have someone ruin your book by re-writing the story because they thought it would sell better a different way.

Harry Potter turned out pretty well, I think JK Rowling was able to stay involved with the process...

June 8, 2007 8:41 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I'd have to second the vote on George Newbern playing Kvothe.

With the exception of (apparent lack of)red hair, he fits the image of Kvothe that my mind's eye has produced...EXACTLY.

June 8, 2007 10:25 AM  
Blogger Cory said...

For Qvothe, I choose me. (I posted this at Amazon but decided to hunt down the official blog)

Frankly Im completely fascinated with him... and I see a deep parallel between him with the lute and me with my guitar. Lost without it.

And I can always dye my hair... I already have the requisite green eyes.

Anyway as for everyone else, you have to go with unknowns. HAVE to. That is the only way that they can become as real on screen as they are on the page. (And how about Joss Whedon to direct?)

(thus ends: You freakin wish you were that lucky Cory... you wish)

June 9, 2007 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

I almost think the cast needs to be English or something, like the Harry Potter movies, or have a different "way" of speaking, ala Lord of the Rings. It would be really odd if Kvothe sounded like he came from Chicago...or Wisconsin.

Milla Jovovich is in her 30s, and so I think she is too old for Auri, besides, Auri seems kind of "wispy" to me. Milla has been in too many kick-ass movies to do wispy.

Yeah, a red-headed luthier with green eyes who can sing...that's gonna be tough...

June 9, 2007 8:28 PM  
Blogger Anniina said...

I'm 100% behind Whedon and Del Toro. I can see Natalie Portman as well and Depp as Elodin. I'm convinced there is no Kvothe on the radar yet - time for a brilliant newcomer. I kept seeing Ben Kingsley as Abenthy. I would have Cillian Murphy as Bast - he has that otherworldly beauty and grace. In general, I'd cast a lot of "new" faces - imagine if the original "Star Wars" trilogy had been done with Hollywood well-knowns in the leads (disregarding of course Alec Guinness. Pat, when Hollywood comes calling, get your agent to play hardball so you have a say in casting; something they rarely give writers, but ask and maybe you shall receive?

I just finished reading the book for the second go-around, and posted a mini-review. I don't know how I'll make it a year for the second book. Will be tough, I was so engaged.

June 10, 2007 7:52 PM  
Anonymous Sid said...

I'd like to second the motion for a mini series. Grab a team popular enough in the movie arena and convince them to do a mini-series in the vein of Dune/Children of Dune. Being a character driven story, and the way you've written Name of the Wind, I think a talented director could do the book in five hours or so.

June 11, 2007 1:05 PM  
Blogger pacifico said...

Russell Crowe - Kvothe the innkeeper

Shia LaBeouf - young Kvothe

Morena Baccarin - Denna (maybe too old from Firefly, Serenity but I love her)

Ron Glass - Chronicler (firefly, serenity)

June 11, 2007 9:55 PM  
Blogger Johnny said...

I can think of a dozen different faces of actors from movies like, "Merlin," "The Mists of Avalon," "The 10th Kingdom," or many others that would do perfectly. Of course, I cannot remember their actor names.

I think unknown actors work best in these type of movies, and actors from random fantasy movies like those listed above (even if the actual move wasn't that great) work perfectly because you get to see just enough of them to get an idea, but not enough so that they are well known.

June 14, 2007 2:46 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

I pictured Simon Woods ( as the innkeeper Kvothe-

This pretty much sums up my exact idea of his appearance:

Someone suggested Johnny Depp as Elodin. That would be awesome.

I also endorse Patrick Stewart as the Chronicler. Although I imagined him a little softer than that...

Natalie Portman is Denna. Her voice entrances me.

James Marsters might be too old but I like him for Ambrose. (Staphanie is right on)

I was all excited about the title of this post too. Bad Pat!

June 21, 2007 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Saladin said...

Wallace Shawn as Chronicler!!

And perhaps Hugo Weaving in there somewhere...

June 22, 2007 6:02 PM  
Blogger Betse said...

Here would be my casting dream...

I think Ryan Reynolds (from Blade: Trinity and such) would make a good Kvothe, given the chance - I think maybe people don't give him enough credit. Or Nathan Fillion. Gotta love Nathan Fillion.

Christina Ricci would make a good Denna, I think. Or you could go with Rachel McAdams.

From what I've seen of the wee girl who's to be playing Luna Lovegood in the new Harry Potter movie, she'd also make a pretty fantastic Auri.

I agree with Cillian Murphy as Bast. He's a bit shorter than the man that I pictured in my head while reading, but he definitely has the necessary grace and that little bit of 'something' going on that we can't quite touch or understand.

Abenthy = Ian McKellan. 'nuff said.

Oh, and throw in a couple of hobbits as Kvothe's University pals. You know, Dom Monaghan, Elijah Wood.

Kate Winslet as Kvothe's mom, and Dean Cain as his dad.

Guillermo del Toro sounds like a good director to me, too. Or Joss Whedon. Or Pete Jackson. Can't go wrong with any of those guys.

June 25, 2007 3:43 PM  
Anonymous laura said...

oh, this is so much fun.

i feel very strongly that kvothe needs to be played by kevin mckidd of rome. -

don't know about the younger kvothe, though, so right now i vote for mckidd with makeup to smooth the rougher edges.

i don't really love any of the suggestions for denna yet, but portman would do in a pinch.

i think jamie bamber - - would make a good bast, but i also like cillian murphy or perhaps even paul rudd. rudd's got the icy blue eyes i imagine bast having.

johnny depp as elodin is perfect.

and i second the notion that we should work nathan fillion in there somewhere. anywhere. as denna, perhaps.

joss? yes, please.

June 30, 2007 11:35 AM  
Anonymous laura said...

one more:

i would really like for deoch to be played by ray stevenson, also from rome.

in the movie. you know, the one that hasn't actually been pitched yet.

please and thanks.

June 30, 2007 1:59 PM  
Blogger Bard, Minstrel of Moo said...

Kvothe, I honestly havent the faintest.

Depp is honestly a must have, perhaps even Pitt, for his role in twelve monkeys. The guy makes a good crazy. but id still rather see depp.

now.. wallace shawnstein in my opinion would make a really good ben. the book spoke of the mans smile... and its hard to beat shawnstein's. sides, hed look more amusing without eyebrows than he already does. put a few more pounds on the guy and hed be perfect. little weird, little cute. it just works.

chronicler, i see him as younger than patrick stewart. more of a soft heart, but a semi worn traveler. the story opens up with him getting robbed for the sake of it all. Juaqin pheonix. odd choice, i know, but think about it.

cillian murhpy= bast... no question.
(heh, i wouldnt mind playing him myself::smirk::)

now, on the subject of depp, i thought about fear and loathing... and also, del toro was mentioned, only it wasnt benicio. i figure hed fit in as the woodsman from kvothe's memories in the forest after the loss of his family. guess its due to the hunted with tommy lee jones. also a good choice.

Kvothe's father... due to the lute: sting. no doubt. small framed guy but he can be shot from angles as a tall man if need be, plus the non-american inflections in his voice, which i do agree with. he has a wonderful voice... and i assume the guy to be relatively graceful.

i think that about covers my ideas.

p.s. imagine cillian murphy and juaqin pheonix shaking hands that first time after the iron incident in the waystone. considering that moment, i hope murphy can pull of that death blow demeanor which bast exibited at the time.

December 13, 2007 12:05 PM  
Blogger Azoth said...

Megan Fox as Denna for sure.

June 24, 2008 9:07 AM  
Anonymous Randolpho said...

I posted my Fantasy List on my blog. Have a look-see!

September 8, 2008 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey all!

Oooh how exciting, although I must agree that, due to the complex and irregular story structure of the book, a mini series might flow better. But here are my proposals!

Kvothe: Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (just picture him with long, wild red hair and green eyes... yummy)

Denna: Definitely Natalie Portman

Elodin: Johnny Depp or Nathan Fillion

Bast: Cillian Murphy, or does anyone else think a pale, blue eyed Jarred Padalecki might suit?

Auri: the actress who plays Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter

Chronicler or Abenthy: John Hurt

Fela: Morena Baccarin

Devi: Kirsten Dunst

Ambrose: A manned-up Daniel Radcliffe, mainly because of those crazy, crazy eyebrows! haha

Deoch: Jason Statham

Kilvin: Vinnie Jones with a beard

Wil and Sim: no-names

And that's all I've got. How fun! What does everyone think of these suggestions? And agreed, finding an attractive, musically talented no-name actor for Kvothe would be hard...

Cheers x

June 1, 2009 12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

check out this gorgeous picture of a younger, natural looking Natalie Portman.... PRECISELY how I pictured Denna!

June 4, 2009 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't like the idea of a movie, it'll be a lot better as an HBO mini series.

NOTW is subtle, has a slow pace, and it focuses more on developing the main character. There will be a lot of things that will get cut off once its translated in the big screen. My unasked advice will be to wait for an HBO offer instead for the movie option. And make sure that you'll have a say so, we don't want it turning into a failure like Legend of the Seeker.

June 20, 2009 7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The perfect face for Kvothe?

Just as Denna said, "It's like the perfect kitchen"


July 23, 2009 12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is my list of actors that should enter in this movie! :)
say what you think about that... please :)

University Kvothe - CHARLIE BEWLEY
Chronicler - YAN MCKELLAN
Kvothe's father - HUGH JACKMAN
Kvothe's mother - CATE BLANCHET

say what you think about that... please :)

October 13, 2009 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Erzberger said...

I know I´m late, but the girl who played River Tam in Firefly was who I instantly thought of for Auri when reading the book.

February 26, 2010 2:43 AM  

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