Michael B. Jordan‘s Outlier Society banner is coming off a strong premiere for the drama Just Mercy at TIFF. But the company continues to make moves. The banner has teamed with Warner Bros. to acquire Kingdom Of Souls, the first instalment of a fantasy trilogy written by Rena Barron.
The novels are darkly magical YA fantasy revolving around Arrah, a young woman born into a family of powerful witch doctors. She yearns for magic of her own, but fails to call forth her ancestral powers, making her ambitious mother resent her.
But when children begin disappearing, including Arrah’s new friend, she is desperate to find out what has happened and, in a last resort, casts a spell that will find the children: she trades years of her own life for scraps of magic. But she soon uncovers something worse than she imagined.
Barron spent 10 years writing across multiple genres and age groups hoping to get published. Kingdom Of Souls was finally her big break. Misan Sagay will write the screenplay. Alana Mayo and Pouya Shahbazian are also producing.
This is just the latest project Outlier Society has in the works. Jordan’s banner is also developing a Detroit-set monster movie with Jordan Vogt-Roberts at the helm, and Methuselah with Jon Watts directing. They’ve also acquired the rights to the novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf.
Expect plenty of interesting projects to continue to come from the production banner, which signed a first look deal with Warner Bros. in January.