Last year, Nigerian-American author, Tomi Adeyemi‘s bestselling debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone had its film rights acquired by Fox/Disney, with award-winning Nigerian-American filmmaker, Rick Famuyiwa chosen to direct.
Well, the rather impressive streak of hiring Nigerian-American talent for the film continues, as Deadline reports that Nigerian-American writer, Kay Oyegun (This Is Us) has been tapped to pen the script for the upcoming movie.
The report goes on to say that the studio is looking at making this the first feature property to be produced by Lucasfilm since the Disney acquisition that isn’t part of the Star Wars or Indiana Jones franchise.
Children of Blood and Bone follows Zélie Adebola, who at six years old watched her mother get murdered. Ten years after the raid that made her an orphan and banished magic from her people, Zélie finally has a chance to make things right.
As for Oyegun, her star is certainly on the rise. Earlier this year, her feature spec, Assisted Living, was the subject of a bidding battle that was won by Paramount Pictures. Her work on This Is Usalso nabbed her the award for ‘Best Writing in a Dramatic Series’ at this year’s the NAACP awards.
The sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, comes out on December 3.