Disney Branded Television has gained the rights to the book series Kingston and the Magician’s Lost & Found and its sequel Kingston and the Echoes of Magic by Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi.

What’s Happening:

  • An original movie based on Kingston and the Magician’s Lost & Found is currently in development with Jane Startz (Disney’s Sneakerella) executive producing. The book’s authors will serve as co-executive producers, in addition to Craig S. Phillips, Harold Hayes Jr. and Theo Gangi.
  • The book series was actually published just this year (in February and October 2021, respectively) by Penguin Random House. Both books have garnered much critical acclaim, such as this review from Publishers Weekly, which called it: “A fast-paced, magical read set in an accessible, vibrant world where Black magicians and a mainly Black cast take center stage.”

About Kingston and the Magician’s Lost & Found:

  • In Kingston and the Magician’s Lost & Found, Kingston has just moved from the suburbs back to Echo City, Brooklyn—the last place his father was seen alive. Kingston’s father was one of the world’s greatest magicians until one trick went wrong, and he disappeared, somehow taking all of Echo City’s magic with him. When Kingston finds a magic box his father left behind as a clue, Kingston knows there’s more to his father’s disappearance than meets the eye. He’ll have to keep it a secret until he can restore magic to Echo City. With his cousin Veronica and childhood friend Too Tall Eddie, Kingston works to solve the clues, but one wrong move and his father might not be the only one who goes missing.

What They’re Saying:

  • Ayo Davis, president, Disney Branded Television said: “We are thrilled to partner with Craig, Harold and Theo and bring their heartfelt story of wonder and mystery to our audience. Set against the backdrop of true magical history, this is an inspiring adventure of extraordinary moments happening in everyday situations.”
  • Lauren Kisilevsky, senior vice president, Original Movies, Disney Branded Television, said: “Kingston is an adventure that is epic and intimate, set in a world that is both mysterious and familiar — with a story and characters our audience can relate to and be awed by. The adventure, emotion and authenticity in these books align with our mission to tell stories that not only engage and entertain but remind us that there is magic all around us, even in the most unexpected places.”
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