Rena Barron has much to celebrate today. Her YA fantasy Kingdom of Souls is going to hit the big screen. According to Deadline, Michael B. Jordan’s company Outlier Society and Warner Bros have acquired the fantasy book.
Kingdom of Souls is the first book of a trilogy, and the only one released so far. The novel follows Arrah, born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, she yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval. There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit. She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.
Barron wasted no time celebrating the news on social media and she should! The self proclaimed science fiction and fantasy fan spent ten years writing across multiple genres and age groups in the pursuit of publication. In 2017, she entered Pitch Wars, an online mentorship program that included an agent showcase round. Rena’s entry (then titled “The Last Witchdoctor”) received multiple offers of representation. After signing with an agent, the book went on to sell in a “heated auction.”
NEWS! Warner Bros. & Michael B. Jordan (@michaelb4jordan) optioned film rights for KINGDOM OF SOULS with Misan Sagay writing the screenplay!
I have been pursuing publication for 12 years, y'all. Now I have a book out & this news is icing on the cake.https://t.co/B1FszrhFut
— Rena Barron – Kingdom of Souls is here! (Hiatus) (@renathedreamer) September 18, 2019
Michael B. Jordan, Alana Mayo and Pouya Shahbazian are producing the Kingdom of Souls film. Misan Sagay (Belle) is writing the screenplay.