The magical fantasy YA novel, Children of Blood and Bone is in the works at Lucasfilm. The book, written by Tomi Adeyemi, had been at Fox 2000. When Disney acquired Fox the fate of the project went into limbo. Until now. 

According to Deadline, Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy has taken a liking to the material. This is big news as it will be the first project for Lucasfilm that is not Star Wars or Indiana Jones related since its Disney acquisition. Kay Oyegun (This Is Us) is currently in talks to write the script for the fantasy alongside Rick Famuyiwa. The latter is attached to direct the film. 

This is very exciting for lovers of the book, myself included. Children of Blood and Bone is based on West African mythology and was a breath of fresh air for the genre. It’s a coming-of-age tale that deals with very tough themes that we see in our own world today. The book 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 highly recommend that you grab this the book. It’s sure to get your blood (and bone) pumping for the project. Keep up with Geek Girl Authority for more news on Children of Blood and Bone!



Audrey Kearns