Anika Noni Rose has optioned TV and film rights to Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older’s bestselling YA fantasy series, via her production company Roaring Virgin Productions! This is the second deal between Rose and Older as she had also acquired his urban fantasy series Bone Street Rumba.
Shadowshaper was published in 2015 by Arthur A. Levine Books and named a New York Times Notable Book of that year. The book follows Sierra Santiago, who lives in Brooklyn and discovers shadowshaping, a magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one — and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret.
A second book in the Shadowshaper Cypher series, Shadowhouse Fall, is due to be released in September.
“Shadowshaper was a book I couldn’t put down,” noted Rose. “At a time when so many are feeling powerless, Sierra Santiago is a young Afro-Latina heroine who finds her power within herself. Through a strong spiritual connection to her ancestors, the discovery of the magic living in her art, and with the help of some amazing friends, she saves her family, and her Brooklyn neighborhood from certain destruction. A face and culture we rarely see on screen; she is the heroine we’ve been searching for, only to find she lives right next door.”
A Tony Award winner for her portrayal in Caroline, Or Change, Rose recently wrapped filming Assassination Nation and will be seen in the upcoming Warner Bros’ Everything, Everything with Amandla Stenberg. She is repped by Innovative Artists, David Williams Management, MGMT and attorney James Adams.
This is great news, especially in terms of inclusion! An Afro-Latina leading lady in the film/tv industry would be amazing and we’re looking forward to seeing how this develops!