Monday, September 7, 2009
Musings on Movies and Music

I've talked before about my movie daydreams. It's a fun thing to think about mostly because we haven't sold the rights yet. That lets me imagine it the way I hope it will be, without any irritating reality getting in the way.

If a movie does get made, it will be probably be terrific in the traditional sense of the word. The truth is, the more I think seriously about who I would cast in the movie, the more I realize that I'm really not qualified to make those sorts of choices.

Sure sure, there are actors that I really enjoy and admire. But just because I like an actor doesn't mean they'd be right for the movie adaptation of my book.

I think what a lot of people forget is that there's a huge difference between enjoying a role an actor has played in the past, and being able to predict whether an actor will be right for a role in the future. I love James Marsters as Spike, But that doesn't necessarily mean there's a good role for him in the book.

Casting is profoundly speculative. Predictive. Not predictive like poker. We're talking weather forecast predictive. Voodoo predictive. Even with my caveman knowledge of the movie world, I respect the hell out of the casting directors who can do it well. And though I enjoy daydreaming, I haven't fooled myself into thinking I could do their jobs.

(That said, I still stick to my choice of Neil Patrick Harris for Bast. That is an opinion that fire cannot burn from me.)

The same is true with cinematography. And special effects. And a lot of the other technical elements involved in working in film. Those are highly specialized skills and I would be an idiot to think I could do them better than the professionals.

Now don't get me wrong. I'm not saying I wouldn't want to be involved in the movie. I know the book better than anyone. I know the characters and the world. What's more, I understand how stories work, and story transcends medium. Story trumps all. That's where I'd be helpful.

Still, these days when I daydream about the movie, I don't think about the big picture. It's more fun for me to think of little things that would add to the movie. I like to think the powers that be would let me amuse myself with some small things in order to shut me up while they re-write the screenplay to turn Kvothe into a lesbian, shape-changing unicorn.

I think a lot about music in the movie. Not the score, mind you. That's another specialized skill. What I mean is that I think about who we could put on stage when Kvothe is in the Eolian. I think about who would play the troupers from the early part of Kvothe's life. I think about how cool it would be to have some really awesome musicians doing cameos in the movie.

I'm not talking about celebrity walk-ons, like Britney Spears. I'm talking about modern-day troupers. People who spend so much time making music that it's practically a superpower.

I'm talking about people like this:

I want them in the movie. How could I not?

I just stumbled onto this clip, and I don't know anything about the musicians other than the fact that their names are Cecilia Siqueira and Fernando Lima. They're Brazilian. And they're obviously awesome.

Extra minion points for anyone who can dig up some contact info on them. The Brazilian edition of Name of the Wind came out just a little bit ago and I'd love to send them a book.

Later all,


P.S. There's no news about the book. If I had news, or a release date, I would post it up in a blog.
No blog = No news.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can only say that I pray if a movie is made its not compiled into one movie, but paid the dues of the fantastic novel that it is.

September 7, 2009 7:11 AM  
Blogger Verónica said...

I really love the choice of Neil Patrick Harris as Bast. That would be amazing, the only problem I see is I will always link Mr. Harris with Barney Stinson and it would be really weird watching Barney playing a Faerie hahaha

September 7, 2009 7:18 AM  
Blogger David.H said...

Hey Pat
I looked it up and found that they were Cecilia Siqueira & Fernando Lima

According to

Their details are as follows:
Ph: 0863367879
Email: [email protected]
This may be out of date though.

September 7, 2009 7:26 AM  
Blogger Valarya said...

They are otherwise known as:

Duo Siqueira Lima



I'm sure there's plenty of contact information for them there.

On your other musings, I bet Edward Norton is completely capable of adapting to at least one of your characters, even if it's a small part. And while I too love Johnny Depp, it's hard to picture him in a NotW role. :\

Since you keep up with the works of GRRM, have you seen the casting for the HBO Game of Thrones series? :D

September 7, 2009 7:45 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

That is some crazy good music. I see what you mean, Pat. Cheers for the link.

September 7, 2009 7:59 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

I used to work for a large book chain and the first day that the Da Vinci Code came out Dan Brown stopped in to sign. As he was signing all 120 copies we talked about what would happen if he sold the movie rights. He claimed that he would never sell the rights until he retired the characters as he had heard some horror stores about what Hollywood had done to some friends who were authors. I joked, "What if they offered millions?" we both broke out laughing. We had no idea what was coming. :-)
He now starts every appearance by telling the audience that if they want to sue he has forms in the back room.
As for picking the right actor I would say you should commission Peter Jackson as he did a fine job with the Tolkein books.

September 7, 2009 8:01 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

Thanks for that video, Pat! It definitely made my morning. :-)

September 7, 2009 8:07 AM  
Anonymous Taylor G. said...

Cecilia Siqueira and Fernando Lima are from the brazilian music institute. The contact info for there is
Center for World Arts
235 McGuire Pavillion
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611

Tel: (352) 273-0521

E-mail: [email protected]

September 7, 2009 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Total Awesome-Sauce.

September 7, 2009 8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop effing around and finish the damn book !!!!! LOL!!

September 7, 2009 8:58 AM  
Blogger Brian Walseth said...

I still remember the original troupe scene from any movie - Bergman's the seventh seal I think that any movie should do deference to the Kvothe's love and loss, yet Hollywood inevitably will remove the BEST parts (scouring of the Shire anyone???) in favor of huge scenes. Or remove them in their entirety e.g breaking of the star sapphire in Eragon. Don't do it Pat!

September 7, 2009 9:02 AM  
Blogger kaptmrgn said...

I think you could satisfy all your needs for modern day troupers with one stop: Cirque Du Soleil. If you have never seen any of the shows, check them out. They are truly amazing!!!!!

September 7, 2009 9:07 AM  
Blogger K. L. Howard said...

Neil Patrick Harris?
My word! It's Dr. Horrible!!!

Personally, I don't want to see The Name of the Wind made into a movie for a long, long time. I'm sure Hollywood would make something that vaguely resembles the shell of the book, but it could never beat the book in amazing quality. Choose your production company wisely.

September 7, 2009 9:07 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

Denna should be played by Katie McGrath, currently of Merlin fame. She looks like what would be the product of a union between Kiera Knightly and Rachel Weisz. For Kvothe - that's tough. You need to find someone pale, lithe, with fierce green eyes and red hair. Dye jobs and contacts just won't do. Legolas had such weird eyes, and blonde isn't Orlando's color. I would have liked Robert Pattinson for the role if he weren't such a prat in Twilight. And Neil Patrick Harris will always be Doogie Howser, MD in my book!

September 7, 2009 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with what you said about how you're a fan of Spike yet there wasn't a place for James Marsters in the book. I personally think that Wesley would make a good Lorren though :)

September 7, 2009 9:10 AM  
Blogger Theo said...

You are on top of it. Dreaming about The Kingkiller Chronicle on cinema is a great way to pass time in a fun manor, yet, it's good to know that you are thinking realistically.I personally think that if you were to sell your book to movie rights, you should wait a good while for cinematography to improve because I feel that your book is so visually stunning, no modern-day film technology could portray the indescribable scope of your novel. I get the warm fuzzy feeling when I think of Whedon picking it up as a Television Series. Hugely talented yet lesser known actors would be perfect If it were to be adapted to cinema. A good modern Film-Noir tone would be essential to your book in order to add to the epic scope your book contains.

September 7, 2009 9:15 AM  
Anonymous MAS said...

Hey Pat, thanks for the (non-)update on the book. Seriously. I kind of assume no blog means no news, but it's nice to be sure.

Remember, even though you may not hear (or read) about it often, most of your fans are waiting patiently for the next book. Take your time. Make it as good as you can. We know you'll let us know when you have a pub date.

And remember, after book 2 does come out, you'll have about four to six weeks of peace. Then the turds will start showing up in the fruit loops again 'cause people will want book 3 immediately. :)

September 7, 2009 9:19 AM  
Blogger Tomas said...

Please make sure to use as few celebrity actors as possible. Not only are they too costly, they disrupt the experience. Sure, their names makes people go see the movie, but then they see, for example, J. Depp.. and in their heads they also see his other movies and characters.. instead of the character he's playing in THIS movie. The first (well, fourth) Star Wars movie... Han Solo was Han Solo and no one else. See what I mean? All those faces were new, and made it easier to believe that they were real people in a real world, instead of famous actors playing one of many parts...

September 7, 2009 9:21 AM  
Blogger Tomas said...

.. and while it's a good idea to study Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro... also take a look at Eragon to learn how to NOT make a fantasy movie from a book...

September 7, 2009 9:27 AM  
Blogger Ragnvaeig said...

Valarya is right--there's a "contact" button on their website, in addition to more videos than just the one you found.

September 7, 2009 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Kate McC said...

I can see Felicia Day playing Auri...

September 7, 2009 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Ashley said...

I love that you tagged this entry "lesbian unicorns."

(I am also all for an NPH/Nathan Fillion reunion in this future moviefilm of yours. Fillion can play dark; he isn't just a silly guy. Malcolm Reynolds is one of the darkest most badass characters ever created.)

September 7, 2009 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Cervezo said...

Jake Gyllenhaal could make a good Kvothe...

September 7, 2009 10:37 AM  
Blogger icarpenter said...

Well, as long as it's fantasy..

I think the best actor for Kbothe would be a very young Robert Downey Jr.

September 7, 2009 10:39 AM  
Blogger Brandy said...

When Mercedes lackey graced CONvergence with her prescence, the movie question came up at her panel, with regards to the "Magic's Pawn" series. She said she was afraid Big Bad Hollywood would rewrite it as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which put me in mind of your lesbian shape-shifting unicorns. Just what is the market these days for homosexual mesomorphs these days?

September 7, 2009 10:57 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Hi Pat,

First, NPH as Bast is an inspired choice, and the musicians are glorious.

Second, (and the reason I am posting, instead of quietly reveling in the awesome,) I know you like the Jim Butcher novels, and James Marsters, so in case you are unaware: James did the audiobook for Storm Front, and did it beautifully. I highly recommend it.

September 7, 2009 11:06 AM  
Blogger J.M. said...

Wow. Those two shred. Send them some books immediately. It looked like they were having so much fun doing that. Good stuff.

As far as movies go, I guess I'll throw out one cast suggestion. I think Robert Duvall would be a great Abenthy. I would say Burgess Meredith, but alas, you can't have too much of a good thing. Finish the series though before you let anyone touch the books, if you even do. I remember you talking sometime ago about your love for Pixar and that NotW would be in good hands there. I think that would be pretty cool. They make some amazing films.

September 7, 2009 11:34 AM  
Blogger Martin Seeger said...

> No blog = No news.

I think it's human nature to ask, ask and ask again. In 1973 my parents drove with us to greece, thats about 2.000+ miles (without stopover) from northern germany. We were about 500 yards away from home, when my brother and i started inquiring "Are we there yet?". I haven't changed much since :-).

Luckily you linked some books lately... Smart move: give your readers some occupation in the meantime. Works fine for me....

CU, Martin

September 7, 2009 12:03 PM  
Blogger An Albino Druid said...

I agree with J.M.

While I would love to see an accurate motion picture rendition of the Name of the WInd, I deffinately believe the entire Kingkiller Chronicles should be published and well read/adored by all before a movie should be made.

But I trust you, Pat. I am pretty sure that we all do.

September 7, 2009 12:43 PM  
Blogger Ry said...

Please dear god DO NOT MAKE A MOVIE OF THIS! It would utterly ruin it! There is not one film adaptation out there that does any sort of justice to the book. Not one. People may argue this or that, but such a stunning story as yours would be utterly killed by a movie. I respect that you have your fantasies, but please dear god don't go the way of so many other authors and kill your world!

September 7, 2009 1:35 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Daydream about a Director before actors..

September 7, 2009 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...


You're mighty optimistic, i suspect it will rather be something like 4 to 6 hours of peace before the first starts rambling about how the next book should be out like now :-)


September 7, 2009 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pat,

I love your work. I will give you two months to release the next book. If you fail, I will hunt you down and break your legs and duck tape you to your computer chair.

-Much Love,

September 7, 2009 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Far be it from me to disagree with a man about the characters in his own book, but I'll do it anyway. lol
James Marster would play Elodin perfectly. He would be perfect at playing both crazy and menacing at the same time.

September 7, 2009 3:47 PM  
Blogger Chelsea said...

hey pat, I'm sorry if I'm spamming, but it's for a good cause, so I hope you'll bear with me. There's this really great charity that does microlending to people in third world countries. The great thing is that your only lending the money, so when it's paid back you can keep it for yourself or you can recycle it back into the system. Here's a link to their website:

September 7, 2009 3:54 PM  
Blogger Chelsea said...

hey pat, I'm sorry if I'm spamming, but it's for a good cause, so I hope you'll bear with me. There's this really great charity that does microlending to people in third world countries. The great thing is that your only lending the money, so when it's paid back you can keep it for yourself or you can recycle it back into the system. Here's a link to their website:

September 7, 2009 3:57 PM  
Blogger Ben (sainttames) said...

That's interesting. I've totally always imagined Denna looking exactly like Natalie Portman

September 7, 2009 4:06 PM  
Blogger said...

Hi Pat,

I've just finished reading your book after, I have to say, a chance encounter in WHSmith.

It's rare that I get so caught up in a book, almost lost to it, like I did with yours. I spent most of my time imagining I was walking next to Kvothe on his journey, or behind when he was with Deena!

I absolutely, hopelessly loved it.....right up until the end! It just stopped with so many unanswered questions, most obvious of all "what happens next?". If your intention was to create a hunger for the next installment it worked!

I so want this to be on the screen but not before I've read the next episode!

As for actors, I imagine older Kvothe as a Jeremy Irons or the guy who played Strider in Lord of the Rings. As for the young Kvothe I'll get back to you.

Anyway, fab book (such an understatement!). Get on with the next one!

Andy H

September 7, 2009 5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(andrew huges) Viggo Mortensen is Strider/Aragorn. i love him hes ace, i think its like Pats obsession with Felicia Day. I love him!! but yea i agree, i think he wud make quite a good older kvothe. i like the movie musing, its started my musing bout it. By the way Pat you've inspired me to stick at writing my own book :D love NOTW xx

September 7, 2009 5:53 PM  
Blogger Michael H. Tritter said...

Watching them play guitar makes me think I should either play mine more often - or never, ever again.

Reading that you mentioned lesbian unicorns again makes me wonder when my mail will arrive.

But that's probably just me.

September 7, 2009 5:59 PM  
Anonymous superwench83 said...

I so agree about how just because an actor is good in one role doesn't mean he'll be good in the one you might picture him in. I'm involved in theater, and every time I cast a show, the people I've acted with time and again--people who I think will fit a role perfectly or not fit a role at all--constantly surprise me.

September 7, 2009 6:08 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

What about Daniel Craig as a older Kvothe? Anyone but that twit from twilight is ok

September 7, 2009 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Taur Ohtar Sereg Wethrin said...

Someone said something about Johnny Depp not fitting in this book at all...But I have to point out that he would make an excellent Trip.

September 7, 2009 7:30 PM  
Blogger An Average Grad Student said...

Hi Pat

As it happens, I am Brazilian as well (from the same state as Fernando & Cecilia, actually). I see that other people have already dug up their website and myspace page; so what I will do is offer my services in translating anything you would like in their website or whatever from Portuguese... if you ask real nice ;-) If you need to write them or something, I can also make the Portuguese version of what you want. And all for a promise that the 2nd book will be as awesome as the first!!

Let me know...

September 7, 2009 7:38 PM  
Blogger An Average Grad Student said...

By the way, I'm back in Brazil. Thanks to the delay in the second book, I was able to finish my PhD on time :-D


September 7, 2009 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, casting is hard. I *hated* the LOTR movies - nearly all the characters looked very different from how I had imagined them and I felt that Jackson favors excessive overacting as a general style. Also, too much mountain-range fetishism. And I say that as someone who generally is very fond of nearly any fetish I've ever encountered.

I'd imagined Bast as someone closer to Zac Efron (, except imagine darker hair). Harris is great and sure could act the part pricelessly, though. Loved him in Dr Horrible. OMG - really, if you could get Joss Whedon to direct...

Katie McGrath as Denna I could see. Not 100%, but close.

And I'd have suggested Felicia Day as Devi instead of Auri, but, hey, in all fairness, both would work.

One totally inappropriate request - if there ever is a movie and you wield some influence - could you throw it towards casting lots of unknowns instead of known stars? I've seen that work real well a number of times in the past. No mental aliasing between characters, and cheaper talent (or better actors due to a wider pool at the same cost).

On second thought, I'd much prefer a seven-season television series to a condensed two hour movie.

And the question of music - very, very tough. Best movie music scene I saw so far was the opera scene in 5th element. And getting the music scenes for Kvothe & troupe right would be quite the challenge.

Thank you for popularizing the Limas. Wow. "Augenweide" :)

September 7, 2009 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

I agree that unknown actors would probably be best. However I do believe James McAvoy would do a wonderful Kvothe. He has done many different roles and I love them all. Would you have the actual actor sing though?

I am happy you mentioned the new book, even if it is no news news. I visit the blog almost daily looking for any update.

September 7, 2009 8:42 PM  
Anonymous Phil said...

Duo Siqueira Lima
E-mail: [email protected]

found this at the above address. i really hope they let you help with the little stuff. if they make a movie that is. hope this helps.

September 7, 2009 8:46 PM  
Blogger Steven Weyerts said...

That lesbian, shape-shifting unicorn sounds awesome. Where can I get one?

September 7, 2009 9:22 PM  
Blogger peggy38 said...

I would love to know how they started with that. I can almost see it starting with him teaching her how to play.

There just has to be a good story to it, dontcha think?

September 7, 2009 10:25 PM  
Anonymous SonomaLass said...

You mean Kvothe isn't a lesbian, shape-changing unicorn? Oh no, I thought I had the twist in the next book all figured out.

I've been following GRRM's casting news about the HBO series adaptation of his Song of Ice and Fire series, and I agree that it's kinda cool to speculate just on faces and past performances. However, you are right, there are people who are experts at that. They won't always get it right (your weather analogy is dead on!), but they will do a better job than most laypeople (no matter what said laypeople think).

Obviously selling the film rights would be awesome for you, but I hope you can negotiate some creative control, so you don't end up as unhappy as Ursula LeGuin was when they messed up the casting of Earthsea.

September 7, 2009 10:27 PM  
Blogger peggy38 said...

I second the motion re: Peter Jackson. Regardless of where a person comes down on the question of how well or faithfully he translated LOTR to the big screen, there is little doubt that his movies were as far from suck as could be. They represented a total sea-change for a genre with a something like 95% suck rate.

Pat, you have to start sucking up to Mr Jackson like right now. Why waste time? He did a brilliant frikin job casting LOTR. I think he would probably dig your book too.

So what are you waiting for? Send him a copy too.

September 7, 2009 10:32 PM  
Blogger Blah said...

This may be (read: ABSOLUTELY IS) my obsession with Doctor Who manifesting itself...but I've always envisioned the older Kvothe as Christopher Eccleston. He does the weary-and-hardened-but-can-still-completely-waste-you very well. And while I'm at it, I firmly believe David Tennant is the perfect Elodin.
Neil Patrick Harris as Bast? Patrick, I never think you can keep transcending your own magnificence. BUT SIR YOU DO.

September 7, 2009 11:30 PM  
Anonymous Nathan said...

Movies never remain completely true to the book. Look at Harry Potter. A lot is removed and a lot is changed and altered. I would challenge you to do your best to keep the movie (if ever made) relatively similar to your book.

..and keep Spielberg's grubby hands out of it. I heard he orginally wanted to make the Harry Potter movie an animated film with Haley Joel Osment as the voice for Harry Potter. Ugh.

Learn from Spielberg and don't be so rigid or inflexible in your thinking.

September 7, 2009 11:34 PM  
Anonymous Caleb said...

I wholly agree with you idea of casting Neil Patrick Harris as Bast! That would work in a scarily good way..

September 8, 2009 2:34 AM  
Blogger An Albino Druid said...

You know... now that enough people have replied to this post with so many actors of definate fame but questionable talent, I think I will add a little bit to my last comment.

First: Wait on the movie. You, yourself, have stated how the books are constantly changing. I believe that one of your proposed "final drafts" of NOTW didn't have Auri in it. You are a genius, and some of your best work will come at a moments notice as you are walking down a grocery aisle. Wait to do a movie until all the story is finished and published. We don't want any conflicting events or interests to be conveyed in film!

2. I would be honored to play Kvothe. In a few years (the time that I am assuming the Kingkiller Chronicles will be complete), I may have grown into quite the young man. A young man sanze the hair red-as-flame and ever-changing green eyes of endless depth, of course, but most likely a man who is too young for so many lines remaining on my face.

I may not be an actor now... But I know how emotion works, and I know I live my character every day. I like to think I am getting good at it. Who knows? In a few years...

Just a few, short years...

Respectfully Yours,
An Albino Druid
Drowning my Reality in bottles of Fantasy since 1992

September 8, 2009 2:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No blog = no news
No news = good news
No blog = good news?

This logic is flawed


September 8, 2009 5:02 AM  
Blogger Susanne said...

I love speculative casting! But then, I have it easy. My golden rule of thumb is: Put Alan Rickman in it. You win.

And have it directed by Guillermo del Toro. Can you imagine how beautiful the thing would look? *happy place*

While I adore NPH, isn't he a bit too old to play Bast? No offense, but I keep thinking of Bast as a lot younger...

September 8, 2009 5:23 AM  
Anonymous Ella said...

There's music I always imagine as fitting right in at the Eolian - a band called Akoustic Odyssey. They have a lovely is and you can listen to the music there as well. Only problem is they're Australian...

September 8, 2009 7:43 AM  
Anonymous Gamete said...

Whenever I read the scene where Kvothe plays in the Eolian, I can't help but think of John Butler.

If I were doing it, I'd have him playing the lute in place of the Kvothe actor.

September 8, 2009 7:47 AM  
Blogger merus said...

The realistic tone of the whole movie casting thing is nice to see. I doubt Kvothe will become a lesbian unicorn, but movies tend to excise everything that isn't required to set up the ending even if it means killing sequel hooks. Personally, I don't see Auri and the underthing surviving the movie making process, being scenes that don't advance the plot and take time away from the "main" narrative, and are also somewhat expensive to film.
The big problem with a film version of Name of the Wind is that Kvothe's most obvious motivation, discovering more about the Chandrian and getting some closure, doesn't get very far. The movie version would either have to pay that off by having Kvothe finding something in the library that leaves the audience satisfied, or have movie-Kvothe not find out anything about the Chandrian until a later movie. Trebon would probably not yield anything, rather than yielding the cryptic clues we get from the book.

(The risk with unknown actors is a) stars help a film get made and deliver free publicity and b) sometimes they're unknown because they're not very good.)

Honestly I'd prefer a series or a game to a movie. But mostly I'd prefer the other books. (So would my mum, incidentally -- I gave her The Name of the Wind and she loved it, and was very upset at me when I told her the other two weren't out.)

September 8, 2009 9:32 AM  
Anonymous tjun said...

I agree with MAS and I definitely support Jennifer's plan...

September 8, 2009 10:36 AM  
Blogger Geoff said...

Youve got one badass beard! Just had to put that out there ;)

September 8, 2009 11:09 AM  
Blogger box464 said...

If a movie is made, you must have these two in the troupe! Anyone that can do a Baroque version of Highway to Hell deserves some recognition.

September 8, 2009 12:49 PM  
Blogger An Average Grad Student said...

What about these other beauties from Brazil? Playing Mozart's Alla Turca in the rythm of Brazilian Choro, with Guitar, flute and mandolin (you have to watch till the end)

I vote for them too!!!

September 8, 2009 1:53 PM  
Blogger An Average Grad Student said...

Found a better version than the one above. Watch this one instead!

September 8, 2009 2:24 PM  
Blogger An Average Grad Student said...

Finally! Pat, when you posted that video, it reminded me of another one - I just found it. You can skip the first 2 minutes, since it is mostly rehearsals and it is in Portuguese... but I guess you will want the second guy from the right to your movie as well! He fingers the mandolin and makes the cords in the violin at the same time in a very hard song (brasileirinho).

I promise this is the last one I post!! Sorry for the avalanche of videos :-)

September 8, 2009 2:38 PM  
Blogger nickphillipps said...

Edward Norton would be awesome as Elodin.

Kvothe would be a nightmare to find an actor that could do the character justice.

September 8, 2009 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please please please PLEASE dont make a movie. It wouldnt be nearly as good as the book and I would be sad.

September 8, 2009 4:59 PM  
Blogger Marco said...

Thanks for the progress update.

Small comments like the one you left are appreciated.

September 8, 2009 5:28 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

I think that Patrick Rothfuss should play the role of Kilvin.

Hey. If Stephen King can do it so can you.

September 8, 2009 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please finish book 2 & 3 before thinking about the movie. You need to gather for audience before moving it to the big screen. Books are always better anyway.

September 8, 2009 8:52 PM  
Anonymous boomstick said...

Pat- watch a movie called "Hide"
They shot it on a shoestring budget. If directors like that can make that good/disturbing of a movie with a little money, they could certainly make a kick-ass one with a big budget.

Movies are a directors medium. Director,director, director...

By the way I think I would make a great Kvothe.

September 8, 2009 10:08 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Wow! That Brazilian duo is awesome. I don't know if it helps you contact them, but I did find Fernando Lima on MySpace. You could try that.

(Crossing fingers and hoping for minion points...)

September 8, 2009 10:31 PM  
Blogger sparkly_jules said...

I think it would be better (and longer) as a mini-series, but then again, look what they did the WIZARD'S FIRST RULE. Or even ERAGON. Ugh.

Please, please, no lesbian unicorns!

September 9, 2009 12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if there was a movie made, please let their budget be as big as the epicness of your book, which is pretty epic. And every minute of it worth every cent of that big budget.

September 9, 2009 4:12 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

For perhaps the first time, I must disagree with the Great Pat...whilst I do think that NPH has the charisma and cheeky charm I see in Bast, I just can't see him being menacing or threatening in any kind of way. Bast is mysterious and dangerous, and NPH...well, he's just not! *laughs* NPH makes me laugh, but doesn't warm my heart or make me afraid. He's kind of plain vanilla, really. Bast is more mint chocolate chip, laced with a lovely fudge sauce. Mmmmm, fudge.

September 9, 2009 6:10 AM  
Blogger Alexis said...

Lesbian Kvothe sounds hot.
Shape-changing Kvothe sounds awesome.
Unicorns, perfectly nice creatures.

Together, Agh! Agh! Ack! Pat why have you placed this terrible furry image in my head?


September 9, 2009 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Danica said...

I agree with all of the "Eragon" comments. I probably laughed harder and longer at the line "I suffer without my stone..." than I have ever laughed in a movie theater before. And it was all downhill from there.

September 9, 2009 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Bonfiglio said...

I would love to see a movie someday! I feel as though it has to be impossible for anyone, even Hollywood, to ruin a book as great as NOTW. Particularly if you are there with your hand in the movie making process. I just hope that if you have auditions for parts, you'll let all of us fans know! I would love to try out for a role in your movie!

September 9, 2009 2:38 PM  
Anonymous John V said...

Who could be put on stage when Kvothe is in the Eolian? Tommy Emmanuael.

September 9, 2009 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you get a movie contract read this!!
Please do not do what eragon did. Stick to the story and try not to cut any important stuff out. Do what J.K rolling did and remain in control of the movie.

September 9, 2009 3:41 PM  
Blogger RJM25 said...

GL with any movie deal. I'd love to see one, but TRY YOUR HARDEST to retain some form of creative control. I've seen so many authors trust the director/producer/bullshit artist, and then the movie or tv series turns out to be complete crap. And it's almost always because the person in charge didn't stay true to the story or the characters, and instead made it some sort of generic piece of shit.

I give you Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series as example A. He trusted Sam Raimi to make a good series, and instead Sam sold it to ABC/Disney, who in turn churned out a generic fantasy series that isn't even close to the book. And the changes they made sucked.

September 9, 2009 6:07 PM  
Anonymous jrcmarine said...


I just finished your book and was very impressed and especially glad to have found a new author to follow. My two favorites of the moment are Jim Butcher (Dresden Files) and GRRM. However if your readers are looking for another interesting character driven author I suggest Steven Brust and the Taltos series. It is an old and well established series that should keep them distracted and give you at least a week's respite. My suggestion for Bast, though I do find the choice of NHP inpsired, would be a little known actor named Todd Louiso. He combines the right mixture of Puck from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and the X-Men's Wolverine. My pick for some other characters:

KILVIN-John Rhys-Davies
HEMME- Paul Giamatti
ELODIN- Stellan Skarsgard
SIMMON- Joshua Jackson

I could think of many others but let's see how we do with these first.

September 9, 2009 6:23 PM  
Blogger Marissa said...

Check out Ameranouche!!! the gypsy jazz band. They're amazing and you would love them.

Keep writin'. :)

September 9, 2009 7:25 PM  
Blogger Mr. Campbell’s Soup said...

The brazilian Duo Siqueira-Lima is amazing and they are so professional and very nice people.

September 9, 2009 8:27 PM  
Blogger Elder Bonnie said...

When you mentioned a 'modern-day trouper', my thoughts fluttered immediately to Sting. I'll admit, I imagined at least one or two Eolian musicians with his face or voice, seamlessly skipping through five different time signatures and styles in one piece as he likes to do.

At least his ballads, anyway. They're much more entrancing than his pop hits.

He's got one of those voices that makes me want to curl up on his chest and just listen to him sing.

September 10, 2009 12:10 AM  
Blogger Allen said...

nathan fillion as the owner of the eolian...

September 10, 2009 12:31 AM  
Blogger Stefanie said...

Someone mentioned Katie McGrath as Denna which is funny because I can't help but seeing Bast as Colin Morgan from "Merlin". But Neil Patrick Harris would be a great choice as well.

September 10, 2009 1:09 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

first off, i love spike! second, i think its a weird choice for bast as i pictures him dark and well-built, kind of like the guy from Assassin's creed. third, a movie would be cool and i agree with getting Peter Jackson. last, how can you be sure the scene in the eolian will be included? it might be cut...ouch...though i think it is a necessary scene!

September 10, 2009 7:48 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

reading some of the other comments:

ELODIN- Stellan Skarsgard

seems a good choice to me!

and NOTW and LOTR sounds similar when spoken.

I agree Wesley would make a good Lorren

and don't leave all the movie-making to the 'pros' as they did butcher eragon...but i hated that book to my utmost core, the use of fancy words was just too much!!!

September 10, 2009 7:57 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

As you mentioned in your video interview, Depp (who is my single most favorite actor of all time) would make an amazing Elodin probably. And even though it wouldn't be a substantial role, I think it would be really cool. And Ill bet you could get Ed Norton in there too. Seeing him do things as ranged as Fight Club and The Illusionist makes me think he could do something really special in there. And ya - Harris as Bast = awesome choice.

September 10, 2009 8:18 AM  
Blogger R said...

I totally agree with Thomas, should def be no name actors.... and look to Eragon on how NOT to make a movie! I'm getting ready to read NOTW again...can't get enough of the book, gotta finish the Elantra series first.
They're good but nothing like NOTW

September 10, 2009 8:47 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

I think Johnny depp would be pretty cool as Kvothe's dad. He loves his music, so he'd be really into the research side of the role, and he does so many bit parts/ character parts that I suspect he'd like another small part, like taht one.

Also, he's damn pretty.

September 10, 2009 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your book so thoroughly that I am a little nervous about it being put into a movie - I have rarely found a movie that was able to capture what an author has written. However, if you do decide to turn it into a movie Neil Patrick Harris is an excellent choice for Bast. :)


September 10, 2009 10:11 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Allen: Oh lord. You're right. Fillion would be a great Deoch. He'd be wasted in that relatively small part, but he would fit there...

September 10, 2009 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Mr. Rothfuss,

It's a long time that I hadn't read such an interesting and exciting book as The name of Wind. I want to congratulate for it, cause I consider, it is an amazing history, that takes you ,while reading, to the fantasy world, where dreams come true. I was so identified, cause you relate every moment, everything so carefully, that make you feel inside the book, feeling pain, or being frightened when Kvothe felt. My congratulations and I hope that you consider to write more books like this one. I will recommend it to everybody cause it is marvellous, and also the author. Regards from Spain

September 10, 2009 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Modern day trouper - Patrick Wolf!

September 10, 2009 4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What age does Bast look? I imagined him looking really young, maybe in his late teens.

September 10, 2009 5:28 PM  
Anonymous TPishek said...

I've always thought that rather than making a single movie out of NoTW (with all the time constraints that would place on the plotline), the trilogy would be awesome as an anime series. That would rock my socks. But then, maybe that's just me.

September 11, 2009 10:46 AM  
Blogger logankstewart said...

That was a super fun post, Pat. Links. Musing. Then an awesome video!

I like it.

September 11, 2009 4:55 PM  
Anonymous GenGen said...

Pat, you should check out a band called 'Bellowhead'. Their music is awesome and I always have them in my head when reading the book. Casting-wise, I think you Twilight-haters should let Pattinson off the hook. That was his first main role. It's not like he had much of a choice anyway, he needed to something to jumpstart his career. He's got a fantastic singing voice, can play many an instrument and has undeniably great looks which would suit red hair and support Kvothe's look. Get off your high horses and realise he's talented.

September 12, 2009 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Will Reeves said...

NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pat, you must understand that the film industry destroys books. this story must not become a movie until long after the series is over, and you MUST have control when it does. books like the Eragon series, they're story massacred by filmmakers and nearly ruining the book series, the Harry Potters, most altered beyond repair,and the Wizards First Rule tv series, with the producers using theyr so called "artistic licence" to butcher a great book. most of these were made before the conclusion of the series, and the full scope of the story was lost by the screenwriters. the same would be for your book.

Also, i think it is important that you do not think of any mainstream actors in any of the roles (although viggo mortenson would be a good old kvothe) because it is, as someone else has said, like the first star wars. harrison ford was han solo. not deckard from bladerunner playing han, not indiana jones playing han, he was han solo through and through.

i know this message is sort of angry and rambling, but ive seen too many books ruined, and i would hate to see The Name of the Wind so destroyed. It is very important that you wait to make a film until you KNOW that it will be PERFECT, just as you are taking your time to make sure WMF is PERFECT(dont rush, btw im very patient). its okay to fantasize, but do not get serious until the series is finished, even if you get offers for films.PLEASE DO NOT GIVE IN. your writing is too good to be disrespected by a bad movie.

Keep up the good awesome.
if you want to reply, im on facebook.

September 12, 2009 1:11 PM  
Anonymous Vinny K said...

Hey Pat, I have something for you to contemplate if ever you do have your amazing book become a movie. It has to do, somewhat, with the score; more specifically, 'The Lay of Sir Savien Traliard'. It is played twice in your book, both times you allude to the emotions it invokes. So, you have to wonder, when the time comes, if whomsoever the composer is will get the song just right. To be quite honest, I don't think any composer could live up to the way you describe the song. However, I do so hope that the lucky composer can at least get close to the mark; with your supervision there may be hope yet. Well, I'll leave you to dwell on that. May fortune smile upon you.


September 12, 2009 3:42 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

May I also suggest the ridiculously talented and awesome John Skehan of the band Railroad Earth? He would fit right in with a group of "fantasy" troupers, and not only plays the mandolin exceptionally well, but also the Irish bouzouki, which has to be one of the coolest instruments ever. Here's a taste of how great John is and how cool the zouk is:

That's a tune called 1759 that John wrote, being played with Railroad Earth at Red Rocks last weekend.

September 12, 2009 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Lord Mortimur said...

I just discovered that there is a Reader's Nook on Facebook. I don't know...maybe you'll like it. You could have a whole new place to post your recommendations. I don't know...maybe it's completely useless.

September 12, 2009 7:32 PM  
Blogger Yago said...

Hello, I really loved your book, he is one of the better books I've ever readed, and it's awsome...

My name Yago, but you can call me Harries, I'm from Brazil...

I'm very sorry, but here your book is not a sale top, but you still having a few fans (like me)...

Good luck and pay attention because this new book have to be as perfect as the first...



by the way some news from here:

[email protected]

don't worry u can write in english

September 12, 2009 11:00 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Guy Pearce would be a good Kvothe in my opinion. He's got that lean-build/sharp-jaw/crazy-hair combo.

When you choose him for Kvothe, I expect a signed copy of the next book. ;)

September 13, 2009 2:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coolest part about that video was when they did the fingering for the other person! I don't play guitar so I might be overestimating the type of skill and concentration that involves but it would be damn near impossible for me to pull off.

Other added bonus of the video is all the other video links. These comments have become an awesome procrastination tool and I am always in the need for one of those.

As far as acting I'm not so great at projecting roles but one that I think could work well for old Kvothe is Paul Bettany. I have always enjoyed him and he comes pre-equipped with the red-hair complection.

I am recruiting fans of your book at a furious pace these so keep up the good work!

Also, are there any hints available for your not for kids Children book? I am looking forward to having that help ease the pain of waiting for more Kingkiller Chronicles.

Thanks from the Great White North

September 13, 2009 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Kayleigh said...

I would love to NEVER see a Name of the Wind movie. It could be epic, for all I know. But I would have to not see it, ever. I've never seen a movie made of a book that really captures the true essence of the story.

That said--Howard Shore OWNS for the score. End of story. =]

September 13, 2009 3:39 PM  
Blogger Brandon said...

I'm gonna have to co against the grain here and suggest T.J Thyne as Bast. He's short, compact, light complected, witty and merry, but he can also be serious, menacing or even threatening when require. Thyne is a fantastic actor.

And I'm gonna throw out the name David Boreanaz as either Cinder or Haliax. Boreanaz makes an awesome villain.

September 13, 2009 7:42 PM  
Blogger Chanelle said...

Funny thing is, I went out for dinner the night after I read this and my server looks exactly like I pictured Bast to look like. And I mean exactly the same, it was so weird, I think I gave him the creeps by staring at him too much lol.

September 13, 2009 9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I very much agree with what many have expressed here already -- making a movie is dangerous, even if successful. No actors can live up to the images conjured when reading, and they destroy so much. I was lured into watching Harry Potter and it nearly destroyed the whole book series as far as I'm concerned (maybe even for Rowling, as the last few books never really recaptured the magic of the first ones.)

If the pull of the screen is too great to resist, I also agree with others about waiting until the series is completed, and using unknown actors. Most known actors act too much, and generally lack the gravitas and authenticity required, especially in these kinds of films. Once producers enter, chances are it would become a costume film for young adults like most others in the genre. (Someone mentioned that 95% suck. If you could point me to the remaining 5% I'd be very grateful.)

Thanks for a great book -- I am now reading it a third time and really enjoying it. On a minor note, I am happy to see a teenage hero without all the teenage whining and irritation.

September 13, 2009 9:40 PM  
Anonymous waterwizard2005 said...

Finding your book just because it looked like a cool cover on the Amazon best seller list will always be the luckiest of finds. I bought it because I was bored and had nothing to read. I had never heard of you. I don't follow books and authors as well as I follow movies. Maybe I'll get lucky like that some other time with something else. Right now I'd call the movie "Let the Right One In" your competition for blind finds and The Name of the Wind as an experience is much better than watching that film as much as I love it. Thanks.

September 14, 2009 4:25 AM  
Blogger Aoife said...

After this many comments, I wouldn't expect anyone to pay attention to this but I'm gonna jump in and go against the public opinion on Bast (and possibly duck while I do it). While I adore NPH, with his phd in horribleness, he's not my picture of Bast. My picture of Bast is Trent Ford
Just stumbling across him in small parts on various shows, I always think he's fantastic at what he does.
Also, the fear of a movie not living up to a book must be acknowledged but when a book is as good as NOTW, I think I would like to see the attempt made at least to bring it to the big screen, if it could be done as well as LOTR, it would just add to the joy of a fantastic story.

September 14, 2009 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Melissa T. said...

I’m not sure if anyone has posted the Brazilian Duo official website or not (cuz I’m lazy at times and stopped reading past the 12th post)

You’ll have to click for the English version in top left corner. Once it opens in English the contact button stands alone to the right (under the title).

Anyway, GREAT doesn’t even begin to cover your book or your skills as a writer and storyteller. I wish you best of luck on your second book. Please take your
time writing because I want it to worth my while (but don’t get lazy Mr.)

~~~ Now a 'forever fan'

September 15, 2009 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Laura Bishop said...

I'll put myself forward for the role of Denna. Or anyone. I'll be the person who crawls around behind you, worshipping you.

Just promise none of the cast of twilight will be in the movie.

September 19, 2009 6:32 AM  
Blogger Seth Kawasaki said...

Please don't let the scyfy channel have it.

September 19, 2009 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you do a film version, please dont let them butcher it like they did with Eragon. also might be a good idea to wait till all 3 books are done.

September 20, 2009 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I love the idea of NotW being made into a movie, I just don't think anybody could do Kvothe justice. His character is just too complex. That said, if it is made into a movie, I agree with NPH as Bast.

September 20, 2009 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Melina Sidiropoulos said...

Hi Pat (and the rest of Fantasy-reading fans)

I must say that I have been reading lots of fantasy-books, as I hunger for a new journey in a fantastic world. I'm Belgian, one of the smallest places in the world and I finished 'The name of the wind' two minutes ago. I loved it. That's why I was looking for the second book and I ended up here. Sad to here about the frustration and all the addition things that keep you away from the most important things: your life and the book. I was a bit sad to read about your comment on an ancient book - compared to the modern world now - as 'Lord of the rings'. Fantasy had to start somewhere...
A movie will reach more people, but a book touches the readers-heart.

Good luck with everything you're doing!
And may the world and beyond inspire you...

Greetings from Belgium!

September 22, 2009 6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pat !

I agree with the others... Wait
until the last book is released.

And how about Freddie Highmore as Kvothe, James Rebhorn as Lorren, and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Elodin ???

September 22, 2009 12:39 PM  
Blogger fearsome said...

Hello Mr. Rothfuss!
Just writing to show you 2 Guitar players i find really impressive.

These are the 2 persons i thought about when i dreamt about someone who could play like Kvothe..

First one is called "One String Willy" and you can see him here :
One String Willy
This choice is mainly because of his capacity to play something melodic with only one string ^^

And the Other one is the well known John Butler.. just listen to him playing Ocean here and tell me how you feel :
John Butler - Ocean
This second choice is just a matter of feelings.. I've never felt like this when listening to any other song!

September 23, 2009 1:05 AM  
Anonymous Helena said...

I'm all in for Joss Wheadon as director. He absolutely rules when it comes to creating believable characters and settings. I'd love to know your favourite cast (even though you're right about picking to be a difficult job). If I ever finish my novel (highly unlikely) and it would be made into a movie, I could never let anyone else chose the actors.
Loved your book, by the way, and can't wait for number two.

September 25, 2009 2:24 AM  
Blogger thelifeandtimesofnicholasjoseph said...

Dear Mr. Patrick Rothfuss...

I love the idea of NOTW being made into a film but please by the all powerful mercy of the god(s) do not turn it into the legend of the seeker......

it was a disappointment...especially on the casting part....

thank you....

Your fan from Borneo

Nicholas Joseph

October 3, 2009 1:29 AM  
Blogger thelifeandtimesofnicholasjoseph said...

neil patrick harris as Bast????

i need to read the book again while listening to how i met your mother....

probably going to be Legend wait for it Dary

October 3, 2009 1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to drop in and talk about Andy McKee in case no one has mentioned him yet.

I really enjoy his music and its all acoustic and a little non-traditional/experimental.

I'd love to see him in the movie, if only a random performer on stage.

See you at Daisho! ;)

- Kasumi

October 4, 2009 9:50 PM  
Blogger Ronnok said...

One thing blankets all else in my mind when people mention a film of The Name Of The Wind, and that is that it MUST be kept extremely close to the book in order to capture at-least in part the brilliance of your writing.

Thats my first post to you Pat, just want to say extreme uber <3 and if your looking for an actor to play anyone or anything(even an inanimate object) and want some random nobody stranger...I CALL SHOTGUN! :D

October 5, 2009 3:18 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

Hello Mr. Patrick Rothfuss,

I have a simple word of advice/caution! Eragon was an excellent book but the movie was a horrible depiction of it. Make sure if you sell the rights it is to someone who has shown they have been able to do damn good work in the past. I think your book deserves an awesome director/producer.

October 7, 2009 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Zelith said...

While the accordian isn't exactly a period insturment, I felt this would be a good throw out post for general music acomplishment.

October 12, 2009 3:01 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 2:25 PM  
Anonymous creeper said...

Bast = Adam Lambert.


December 27, 2009 7:07 AM  
Anonymous Bea said...

I know it's a tiny bit too late to comment, but I could just imagine Kvothe and Denna doing the guitar thing xD

April 2, 2010 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this is a ridiculously late post, but if Name of the Wind was ever made for the big or even silver screen, you MUST check out David Tennant for Elodin...i mean seriously, he is without question perfect for it!! check out him out as Doctor who...amazing ability to portray eccentric yet terrible, young yet old!! O and also, love love love the idea of Neil Patrick Harris as Bast...genius!! muchos love xx

April 3, 2010 7:03 AM  
Blogger Elder Bonnie said...

Oh, I think it'd be such a rich complement to Music and to everyone who contains an ounce of the talent it takes to create it if Sting were to play Bast. The Bast I saw in my head while reading The Name of the Wind had many Sting-like qualities.

April 4, 2010 2:51 PM  

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