In 2018, Nigerian-American author, Tomi Adeyemi‘s bestselling debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone was acquired by Fox/Disney, also tapping into the directional excellence of award-winning Nigerian-American filmmaker, Rick Famuyiwa.
In that light, Nigerian-American writer, Kay Oyegun of ‘This Is Us’ has also been tapped to pen the script for the upcoming movie.
There are also reports that say that this may just be the studios first feature property to be produced by Lucasfilm since the Disney acquisition that isn’t part of the Star Wars or Indiana Jones franchise.
The movie follows Zélie Adebola, a six years old who watched her mother get murdered. Ten years after the incident that left her an orphaned and banished magic from her people, she finally has a chance to restore things to normal.
Oyegun’s creativity is becoming more noticed and her star is certainly on the rise. Earlier this year, her feature spec, Assisted Living, was the subject of a bidding battle that was claimed by Paramount Pictures. Her work on This Is Us also nabbed her the award for ‘Best Writing in a Dramatic Series’ at this year’s the NAACP awards.