Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society picks up Rena Barron’s Kingdom of Souls trilogy
According to Deadline, Michael B. Jordan’s Warner Bros-based Outlier Society has just acquired Kingdom of Souls, the first of a planned trilogy of novels penned by Rena Barron. Jordan will produce a big-screen adaptation alongside Alana Mayo and Pouya Shahbazian based on a screenplay by Misanthropist Sagay.
Per the report, the young adult series follows “a young woman who must give up her own life, bit by bit, in a magical bargain to save her village – and the world.” The series blends tales of folk magic, voodoo, and Orisha, all of which hail from Barron’s own community.
Kingdom of Souls released on September 3 to positive reviews, with The New York Times stating, “Barron’s lush prose and boundless imagination enchant the reader with a vivid world, compelling characters, and twists to keep you reading all night. Kingdom of Souls spellbinds with fresh and dazzling magic.”
No word on whether Jordan will star in the film.
Notably, this is the latest vehicle the Black Panther and Creed star has produced following the upcoming Just Mercy (which he exec produced) and Tom Clancy adaptation Without Remorse. Jordan will next be seen in Just Mercy, which tells the true-story of civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who fought to free wrongly convicted Walter McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx) from prison in the late 1980s. The film is set to open in theaters on January 10, 2020.