Jordan Ifueko YA Fantasy Novel Gets Netflix TV Show

Buckle up, YA fans, your new favorite series is coming.


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YA fans already have another great Netflix series to look forward to. The streamer announced he would adapt YA’s fantasy novel Raybearer for the small screen, with Gina Atwater attached as a writer. Thanks to Atwater’s recently signed multi-year deal with Netflix, his first project will be the adaptation of the author’s best-selling New York Times children’s novel. Jordan Ifueko. The story is based on West African culture and follows a child who has a mysterious upbringing.

The multi-year deal puts Atwater at the top of several projects at Netflix, which she may decide to collaborate on as a creator, producer, screenwriter and / or director. The idea is to bring under-represented stories and characters to the fore, and that’s exactly what Raybearer it will be fine.

Released in 2020, Raybearer made several lists of this year’s best books, and its sequel came out last month: Redeemer continues the story of Tarisai, a girl who was raised in isolation by a mysterious figure known as “The Lady”. Everything changes when she is sent into a global competition with a dangerous mission: to earn the trust of the crown prince, then end his life.


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Atwater is best known for her work on the HBO sci-fi series Westworld, on which she was closely involved as a writer and story writer. She wrote two episodes, including Season 1’s “Riddle of the Sphinx” which was considered the show’s first highlight. She also worked as an assistant producer and filmmaker JJ Abrams on films like Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and the force awakens.

Speaking of the new offering, Netflix VP of Global Deals Matt Thunell did not hold back the compliments:

“Gina is a triple threat as a writer, director and producer and we are delighted to be working with her. Her experiences in creating fearless, character-centric work in complex fantasy worlds make her the ideal writer to tackle the world of “Raybearer”.

Netflix also hasn’t announced a date to start production on. Raybearer nor a release date. Stay tuned to Collider for more information on this upcoming project, including the cast.

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