Disney and Lucasfilm to adapt Children of Blood and Bone


Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone may have already taken the YA book community by storm, but now that Disney and Lucasfilm are adapting it, it’ll wow the rest of the world too.

Tomi Adeyemi’s African-inspired young adult fantasy novel, Children of Blood and Bone, was one of the most popular YA releases of 2018. It made its rounds throughout Booktube and Book Twitter, and its #1 New York Times Bestseller status confirmed that most readers came to the same consensus: Its story is something special.

And apparently the book’s popularity has caught on beyond the book community. According to Deadline, Disney and Lucasfilm will be adapting the novel — making this the first Lucasfilm project in years that isn’t somehow related to Star Wars or Indiana Jones. It’ll be fascinating to see how the company brings Adeyemi’s expansive world to life on the big screen. (And hey, if it goes well, we might eventually see the sequel up there too…)

Kay Oyegun, known best for her work on This Is Us, is in the process of making a deal to write the script for the film. We know that Oyegun knows how to pull on our heartstrings, so her involvement promises an emotional roller coaster ride similar to the one Adeyemi put us on.

Rick Famuyiwa, who was on board to direct even when the film was Fox 2000 property, will be remaining in the role. Much of Famuyiwa’s recent work has been as an producer, but it looks like he’ll be taking up directing once more with this movie. He’ll also be directing two episodes of The Mandalorian. 

All in all, it appears that fans of Children of Blood and Bone have plenty to look forward to. Not only does the movie appear to be moving forward in good hands beneath the Disney/Fox merger, but the book’s sequel, Of Virtue and Vengeance, hits shelves at the end of this year. We’ll be seeing plenty more of Adeyemi’s world in the future, and hey, we can’t complain about that.

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