23-year-old Nigerian Author’s Afrofuturist Novel Picked by Fox Studios

Tomi Adeyemi’s novel, Children of Blood and Bone has been picked by a major film studio, Fox 2000 to be made into a movie. Nigerian-American Tomi’s success is even more impressive because the book has not even been published yet.

The company has acquired the 23-year-old writer’s debut novel—which has been described as “Avatar: The Last Airbender, meets Black Lives Matter—with plans to adapt it into a full-length feature, Shadow and Act reports.

Children of Blood and Bone is the first instalment in what will be a trilogy. Details on the book are scarce, but a pitch on BrendaDrake.com gave this synopsis: “With magic, Zélie’s family could stand against the royal guard. Her people wouldn’t live in fear. Her mum wouldn’t have hanged from that tree. Years after the king wiped magic out of Orïsha, Zélie has one chance to bring it back. To do so, she’ll have to outwit/outrun the crown prince, who’s hell-bent on erasing magic for good.”

The book has undoubtedly captivated those who’ve read it so far, as it’s being reported that Adeyemi received one of the most lucrative publishing deals ever for a Young Adult debut, with Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Her deal with Fox is also said to be in the seven figures, Deadline reports.

At just 23, Adeyemi is a literary whiz. She’s a creative writing coach based in San Diego, California and a graduate of Harvard University. She’s also the recipient of a fellowship to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. 


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