Lucasfilm to Reportedly Produce Disney/Fox Adaptation of “Children of Blood and Bone;” Kay Oyegun to Pen Script

Tomi Adeuemi’s young adult novel Children of Blood is coming to the big screen. Originally set to be released under the Fox 2000 label, Lucasfilm has shown interest in producing the film for Disney/Fox. Writer Kay Oyegun has been tapped to write the feature’s script.

What’s happening:

  • Deadline is reporting that screenwriter Kay Oyegun will pen the script based on Children of Blood and Bone for Disney/Fox.
  • Oyegun, known for her work on This Is Us will script the “epic fantasy” which Rick Famuyiwa is attached to direct.
  • The film will be an adaptation of the young adult fantasy novel of the same name by author Tomi Adeuemi.
  • The feature was originally to be released by Fox 2000, before Disney announced they were retiring the label. 
  • Children of Blood and Bone caught the attention of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy who’s expressed an interest in producing the project through the studio.
  • While Children of Blood and Bone is still in various stages of development, Deadline notes Lucasfilm’s potential involvement means this is a serious project and one to which Disney/Fox is devoting attention.
  • The film was originally to be produced by Temple Hill, Sunswept Entertainment, and Rick Famuyiwa’s VERSE
  • According to Deadline, they will remain involved, but Lucasfilm “will have a strong hand as it moves forward.”

About Children of Blood and Bone: 

  • “Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But 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.”