Netflix has a wide range of fantasy shows and films and is seemingly always looking to expand its offer. now, the streamer has sent a green signal for the adaptation of Nigerian author Jordan Ifueko’s young adult fantasy novel Raybearer. The project will be helmed by Westworld alumni Gina Atwater.
The book was a New York Times bestseller and amassed immense critical appreciation.
The novel basically brings to the fore the Nigerian folklore where a young girl named Tarisai, who has been raised by Lady, her mother, is sent to compete in a competition to be the part of the Crown Prince of Aritsar Empire’s core group. Tarisai’s mother despises the prince and wants her daughter to kill him. However, Tarisai and the Prince are best friends which makes the task increasingly difficult.
Netflix executive Matt Thunell applauded Atwater by saying that she is “ a triple threat as a writer, director and producer and we’re thrilled to be working with her”.
He added, “Her experiences crafting fearless, character-centred work amid complex fantasy worlds makes her the perfect writer to take on the world of Raybearer.”
After The Witcher, Shadow and Bone and Sweet Tooth, the upcoming fantasy title will most likely be the new hit on the streaming platform.
As we wait for the show, check out the sequel book to Raybearer, named Redemptor, that came out last month.