Paramount Pictures has acquired rights to Tomi Adeyemi’s YA fantasy series, Children of Blood and Bone. In 2019, we reported that the project was in the works at Lucasfilm. Disney had even confirmed the project during an investor presentation. That project fell through and a bidding war ensued with Amazon, Netflix, Universal and Paramount all involved. According to Deadline, Paramount won when the studio came in with an incredible final offer.
Adeyemi is a Hugo and Nebula award-winning author. She will pen the script and serve as an executive producer for the project. Adeyemi said of the acquisition, “Paramount’s passion and enthusiasm to bring this story to life has been incredible. We are all so excited for this new chapter and are already hard at work.”
Children of Blood and Bone debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. The second in the fantasy series is titled Children of Blood and Vengeance. The third book in the Legacy of Orisha trilogy is set for release in 2023. The series is an excellent YA fantasy with a creative and wonderfully realized magic system. The book is based on West African mythology (Adeyemi is Nigerian American). It’s a coming-of-age tale that deals with very tough themes that mirror those in our own world.
The tale follows Zélie Adebola. Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 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.
I’m very excited to follow this project. When I bought the book in 2018, I could not put it down. Word is the bidding war was fierce because of the hope that Children of Blood and Bone can fill the hole that The Hunger Games left behind. This is definitely a possibility and with a book this original, it will also leave its own indelible mark.