Film Adaptation of Tomi Adeyemi’s YA Fantasy Children of Blood and Bone in the Works

Fox 2000 will adapt Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi’s West African-inspired YA fantasy debut, for the big screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Temple Hill, the production company behind Love, Simon and the Maze Runner movie adaptations, will produce a script adapted by David Magee (Life of PiMary Poppins Returns) and directed by Rick Famuyiwa (DopeThe Mandalorian). Published in 2018 by Henry Holt & Co, Children of Blood and Bone follows young maji Zélie as she struggles to restore magic to the kingdom of Orïsha following its eradication.

Adeyemi tweeted her excitement over the news:

More about the novel, the first volume of the Legacy of Orïsha series:

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.

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.

But 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.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance, the second installment, will be published June 4 by Henry Holt & Co. In the meantime, join our reread of Children of Blood and Bone in anticipation of the sequel.


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