The epic fantasy book adaptation for Children of Blood and Bone that started life as a Fox project is moving forward at Lucasfilm, with a new writer on board.
Looks like Lucasfilm has hooked it’s first non-Star Wars/Indiana Jones project since being bought up by Disney. According to Deadline, Kathleen Kennedy was intrigued by the project (which was pulled over as part of the FOX/Disney acquisition) and is now putting Lucasfilm on top of it.
Children of Blood and Bone is a young-adult action fantasy story, written by Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi. Though it only launched in 2018, it quickly hit the best-seller charts. A film adaptation was quickly in the works for Fox 2000, and it looks like Director Rick Famuyiwa (who directs an episode of the upcoming The Mandalorian series) is still attached to direct.
A new screenwriter, however, has been brought on to re-do the script. Kay Oyegun, one of the This is Us writers, has been tapped to handle the job. While I have little knowledge of the book itself, the talent that’s already attached is impressive and I’m intrigued to see what Lucasfilm can do for movies that AREN’T Star Wars at this point.
To learn more about the story, here’s the book’s synopsis (which you can also go ahead and buy if you’re so inclined):
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. Everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for an enemy.
What do you think about Lucasfilm taking on this book adaptation?