– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This past year or saw the release of a pretty hot ticket YA fantasy novel in the form of The Children of Blood and Bone. The book was written by Tomi Adeyemi and it went on to be the quite the big hit as a sort of high fantasy NOT set in a more typical medieval setting. From the second it hit bookshelves it really took on a life of its own, as the author had signed a reported seven-figure deal for a debut novel, which is near-unheard of.

Now, that story is ready to be adapted to the big screen by Fox 2000, and taking on the ever-important role of director is Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, who many of you may recognize as the former director of the now-dormant Flash movie over at Warner Bros. Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner, John Fischer, and Rick Famuyiwa will all be producing the movie whose story was pitched as “African Last Airbender.”

Here’s what THR has to say about the story:

“The book is set in a magic-infused kingdom named Orisha, where a young woman named Zelie Adebola witnesses the death of her mother and other magicians, called “maji,” under the order of a ruthless king. The woman has a chance to restore magic to her land but has to first team up with a rogue princess and outwit and outrun a crown prince while avoiding prowling snow “leoponaires” and vengeful spirits that wait in the waters.”

Honestly, this is a book that’s been on my to-read list since before it came. I’m a huge fan of fantasy but have been looking for something different from the typical medieval-esque high fantasy I’ve been reading since I was a kid. Seeing a different culture’s crack at high fantasy would be a pretty cool thing to see.

What do you think of Famuyiwa taking the helm? Let us know down in the comments!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.