Dope director Rick Famuyiwa has been chosen to helm Fox 2000’s upcoming adaptation of Children of Blood and Bone. The New York Times bestselling young adult novel was the first in a trilogy written by Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi. It was published in March of 2018 and the film rights were sold before the book even hit shelves. The second installment, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, is set for release this June.
Children of Blood and Bone is a West African inspired fantasy epic that takes place in the once magical land of Orïsha. Zelie Adebola has grown up in land very different than the one in which her parents were raised, witnessing her mother’s death, as well as that of the other magi, due to a royal decree from the King. Years later, she must team up with a princess on the run, all the while avoiding capture by a ruthless prince. She has the chance to restore magic to her home or forever lose the opportunity, and what follows is an incredible and harrowing journey, action-packed and full of twists and turns. Adeyemi, just 23 when the rights sold for seven figures, pitched the book as an “African Last Airbender” and “Black Panther with magic.”
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