Willow Smith (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa) will be teaming up with Cartel Entertainment via her own MSFTS Production for two fantasy films, which she may also star in!
The first will be an adaptation of author Alwyn Hamilton’s fantasy-romance YA trilogy Rebel of the Sands, which both companies have acquired the rights to. The second will is Menencholy, an animated series based on an original idea by Smith. She is also proposing the concept as a book.
Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands follows “a gun-slinging girl desperate to escape her past, and a handsome foreigner who harbors dangerous secrets,” according to Penguin Young Reader’s Group. The first and second books of the upcoming trilogy have been written and published so far: Rebel of the Sands and Traitor to the Throne, with the final book in the works.
The second project, Menencholy, chronicles the epic journey of a young girl who has a gift that “allows her to see into her past life. She eventually finds herself at a mystical place called The Mystery School, where we follow her as she goes through a metamorphosis,” per Deadline. She ultimately realizes that there’s an even stronger power that lies inside her that she needs to accept, because it will save her and the community in which she lives. There isn’t a confirmation on whether Smith will also star in this project, but it appears likely.
What is confirmed, is that she is set to produce/exec produce the films with her manager Miguel Melendez and Cartel Entertainment brass.
Willow Smith made her acting debut in 2007 in the film I Am Legend and later appeared in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl alongside Abigail Breslin. She received a Young Artist Award for her performance.
Congrats to Willow Smith, who is clearly a young mogul in the making and very versatile, crossing into music, fashion and acting!