• Kay Oyegun will write the script adaptation of “Children of Blood and Bone” for Lucasfilm

    Lucasfilm is all set to bring Children of Blood and Bone, the bestselling novel by Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi, to big screen. Kay Oyegun, the writer of the hit show This is Us, will be writing the script for the fantasy-adventure.

    The rights of the novel were first acquired by Fox 2000 before the Disney acquisition of Fox. After the Fox/Disney merger, the project has gathered steam once again and Rick Famuyiwa who was originally chosen as the director, is still set to play the same role. Apart from being the director of the critically acclaimed Dope, Famuyiwa is also directing episodes of the Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian which premiers later this year.  

    The novel, which has often been termed as a “movie franchise in waiting”, gathered fame when its rights were purchased by Fox even before it was published. The story attracted the attention of Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm, which made Disney hand over the project to their team. This will be the first project of Lucasfilm that goes beyond the Star Wars or Indiana Jones banner since it was acquired by Disney in 2012.

    The novel was the first in a planned trilogy and got released in March 2018. At the age of 23, Tomi Adeyemi is one of the youngest writers to sign a seven-figure book deal with Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for the series . The second installment titled “Children of Virtue and Vengeance,” is set to hit the shelves later this year.

    Set in the imaginary land of Orïsha, the novel tells the story of Zélie Adebola whose people uses magic. With his mother murdered by a ruthless king and magic vanishing from the lands, Zélie teams up with a rogue princess to fight against a monarch and bring magic back.

    The novel’s synopsis states that “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.”

    Oyegun’s writing credits include “Queen Sugar” and “A Luv Tale: The Series” and she is the director of the later. Apart from writing, she is also the co-producer of “This Is Us”, NBC’s hit drama. Recently, Paramount Pictures has picked up her script “Assisted Living,” which tells the story of a thief who takes refuge in a retirement home while running from an old crew.

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