Tag Archives: Fantasy

Michael B. Jordan adapting epic African fantasy novel for the big screen

Between Game of Thrones on HBO and The Mandalorian on Disney+ and The Wheel of Time and The Chronicles of Narnia on Netflix and The Kingkiller Chronicle on Showtime and a bunch of others I’m probably forgetting, fantasy stories are very much in right now. But why should television have all the fun? The Hollywood Reporter…uh, reports that Michael B. Jordan, Killmonger in Black Panther and Creed in Creed, has teamed up with Warner Bros. and optioned the rights to Black Leopard, Red Wolf, a new fantasy novel from Jamaican author Marlon James.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf is set in a fantastical version of Africa, built on centuries of African mythology and bolstered by Marlon’s imagination. It follows Tracker, an expert hunter hired to find a boy who went missing three years…

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Michael B. Jordan Adapting African Fantasy Book ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’

Michael B. Jordan has nabbed the rights for the just-released fantasy novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf, which celebrated author Marlon James has referred to as an “African Game of Thrones.” Jordan secured the release via his recently launched Outlier Society production company.

Jordan signed a first-look development deal with Warner Bros. last month. Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the first project Outlier has launched since that deal. The story follows a group of mercenaries as they track a kidnaped boy across a fantastical version of the African continent. The book is the first in a planned Dark Star Trilogy, which will follow the characters as they encounter giants, witches, beasts and, of course, other people whose motives might run counter to their own. 

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Michael B. Jordan Developing African Fantasy Epic Black Leopard, Red Wolf


The story draws from African history and mythology.

Michael B. Jordan’s production company, Outlier Society in conjunction with Warner Bros., has secured the rights to the popular fantasy novel by Marlon James – Black Leopard, Red Wolf.

Variety reports James will serve as executive producer for the project, which will tell the story from…

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Michael B. Jordan Tackling African Epic Fantasy ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’

The actor will produce the adaptation of the book that came out Tuesday.

Michael B. Jordan is going from Black Panther to Black Leopard, Red Wolf.

The actor-turned-producer and Warner Bros. have picked up the rights to the epic African fantasy written by Marlon James, with Jordan set to produce the adaptation via his Outlier Society.

The deal marks the first for Jordan’s Outlier since signing a first-look deal with the studio last month.

The deal comes as the book, which counts Neil Gaiman as a fan, just hit shelves Tuesday.

The tale is set in a fantastical Africa and sees a slave trader hire several mercenaries to find a kidnapped boy. The story’s main character is a man named Tracker and features giants, necromancers, witches and shape-shifters.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf has been…

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Marlon James Reclaims African Myths in Fantasy Saga “Black Leopard, Red Wolf”

It’s tempting to say that Marlon James’s brand is violence: operatic, almost mystical, always exacting. It’s also tempting to say his brand is sprawl. Even the Jamaican novelist’s shortest book — John Crow’s Devil, at 206 pages — manages to turn a turf war between two local ministers into cosmic combat. It’s tempting, then, to say that the Marlon James brand is a uniquely postcolonial mélange of the terrestrial and the empyrean. Human frailty, human violence, human hope, all of these things are lent, in his work, a cosmogonal weight. Nowhere is this more evident than in his latest outing, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the opening salvo in a mind-bending fantasy trilogy about a band of misfits hired to find and retrieve a mysterious young boy.

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5 Reviews You Need to Read This Week: African Fantasy, Movie Sex, and Self-Own Feminism

The polar vortex may be freezing the country into a state of paralysis, but here at Book Marks we’re bringing the heat. Hot blood, hot bodies, and hot heads are the order of the day.

First up, in his rave Washington Post review of Marlon James’ highly-anticipated new novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Ron Charles writes that James “has spun an African fantasy as vibrant, complex and haunting as any Western mythology, and nobody who survives reading this book will ever forget it.”

Over at The Atlantic, Dana Stevens considers the depiction of female and gay sexuality in Sleeping With Strangers: How Movies Shaped Desire—the latest offering from renowned British film historian David Thomson. While impressed by Thomson’s intentions, and the book’s many shining insights, Stevens also…

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