Anika Noni Rose optioned the film and TV rights to Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper.
Shadowshaper follows Sierra Santiago, a teenager from Brooklyn, who’s ready to have an amazing summer making art and skating around town. However, when a zombie-guy crashes a party, Sierra uncovers the world of shadowshaping; magic that connects ancestral spirits through stories, music, and paintings. But someone is killing Shadowshapers and Sierra might be the one harboring their greatest secret.
“Shadowshaper was a book I couldn’t put down,” Rose told Deadline. “At a time when so many are feeling powerless, Sierra Santiago is a young Afro-Latina heroine who finds her power within herself. Through a strong spiritual connection to her ancestors, the discovery of the magic living in her art, and with the help of some amazing friends, she saves her family, and her Brooklyn neighborhood from certain destruction. A face and culture we rarely see on screen; she is the heroine we’ve been searching for, only to find she lives right next door.”