Children of Blood and Bone Movie: What We Know

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A movie adaptation of the Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is in the works at Disney. Here’s everything we know so far:

What’s it about? What’s the plot?

In the Children of Blood and Bone, Zelie is a diviner, a maji child. The maji are clans of people who once had magic powers that have since disappeared from the kingdom of Orisha. In one brutual night many years ago, the maji were all eradicated from Orisha by King Saran who fears their powers.

An encounter with Amari, princess of Orisha, leads to the one opportunity to reawaken magic in these lands. Zelie and Amari must embark on a treacherous journey to restore those powers.

See the full summary and review from The Bibliofile.

What format will it be? Will the Children of Blood and Bone adaptation be a Movie or a Series?

It’s planned as a feature film, intended to be the first of a film trilogy.

Who’s behind it?

The adaptation is slated to be produced by LucasFilm, a key Disney production studio, hinting at the project’s importance and priority within the Disney/Fox porfolio. Kathy Kennedy, president of LucasFilm, will produce, along with the original producers who were working on the project before LucasFilm began spearheading the effort.

Fox 2000 originally acquired the film rights to the Children of Blood and Bone in 2017, about a year prior to the book’s release. It was a in a splashy deal, rumored to be in the seven figures, made especially notable considering that this was Adeyemi’s debut novel. The rights then shifted to Disney as part of Disney’s acquisition of Fox 2000 in March 2019.

Kay Oyegun, a writer from the show This is Us, will be adapting the book into a script for Children of Blood and Bone. Rick Famuyiwa is attached to direct.

What’s the status of the Children of Blood and Bone adaptation?

The adaptation is currently in development, and it has both a scriptwriter and a director attached to the project.

Who’s in the cast?

No casting details have been released yet.

When will it be released?

Currently unknown.

Is there a trailer or teaser available?

Not yet! Stay tuned.


Children of Blood and Bone Movie Development Timeline

March 28, 2017 Fox 2000 acquires the rights to the upcoming book Children of Blood and Bone

March 6, 2018 Children of Blood and Bone (novel) is released

February 21, 2019 Rick Famuyiwa To Direct Children of Blood and Bone At Fox 2000

March 20, 2019 Disney acquires Fox 2000

August 6, 2019 Kay Oyegun To Script Children Of Blood And Bone, Disney’s LucasFilm to produce