Rick Famuyiwa

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Tomi Adeyemi's  bestselling YA novel "Children of Blood and Bone" is getting the movie treatment, and director Rick Famuyiwa is on board.

The "Confirmation" director has signed on for Fox 2000's action fantasy film, THR reports. He'll direct from a script by David Magee, the screenwriter behind "Mary Poppins Returns." The adaptation's source material is the first book in a planned trilogy.

The story follows heroine Zélie Adebola, who lives in the once-magical kingdom of Orïsha, where a ruthless king suppresses the people who practice magic, the maji. Teaming up with a rogue princess, Zélie embarks on a mission to restore magic. Standing in their way, however, is the crown prince and a variety of other dangers and challenges.

Famuyiwa is apparently a fan of Adeyemi, having retweeted her announcement that the book was "finally out in the world" when it was published in March 2018. He comes to the project having previously written and directed the films "The Wood," "Brown Sugar," "Our Family Wedding," and "Dope." He is also working on "The Mandalorian," an upcoming Star Wars-inspired series for Disney+.

"Children of Blood and Bone" will be produced by Temple Hill's Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner, and John Fischer, Karen Rosenfelt of Sunswept Entertainment, and Famuyiwa under Verse. Scott Falconer is set to be an associate producer.

[via: THR]