Michael B. Jordan Producing an Adaptation of BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF which is Described as an African GAME OF THRONES
Marlon James’ new book Black Leopard, Red Wolf has recently launched and with it has the news of a film adaptation. What’s more is that one of the producers will be Michael B. Jordan as part of his first-look deal with Warner Bros. Black Leopard, Red Wolf is being described as an African Game of Thrones which should excite a fair number of people.
In the stunning first novel in Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.
Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.
As Tracker follows the boy’s scent–from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers–he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying?
Drawing from African history and mythology and his own rich imagination, Marlon James has written a novel unlike anything that’s come before it: a saga of breathtaking adventure that’s also an ambitious, involving read. Defying categorization and full of unforgettable characters, Black Leopard, Red Wolf is both surprising and profound as it explores the fundamentals of truth, the limits of power, and our need to understand them both.
This book sounds really interesting and I think an adaptation could do well, especially since James will be an executive producer. However, I do wonder if a series adaptation would be better than a film one. It’s also good to note that Black Leopard, Red Wolf is but the first book in a trilogy, so fans can expect a lot more where it came from. Have you read the book yet? Who should direct and write the screenplay? Any thoughts on who should star?