Daniel José Older’s SHADOWSHAPER Series Optioned By Anika Noni Rose Production Banner

THE SHADOWSHAPER CYPHER may soon be headed to a screen near you!

Daniel José Older‘s Shadowshaper earned major acclaim upon its release in 2015 and buzz has been steadily building for the sequel, Shadowhouse Fall, which hits shelves in September. Now, there’s also hope that fans will see the Young Adult fantasy tale adapted for the screen someday!

Actress/producer Anika Noni Rose has optioned The Shadowshaper Cypher series for both film and television under her Roaring Virgin Productions banner, which has already optioned the rights to Older’s Bone Street Rumba series.

Shadowshaper follows Sierra Santiago, an Afro-Latina teen living in Brooklyn who discovers the supernatural ability to connect with spirits through art, music, and storytelling. But a rogue Shadowshaper is killing off the others in the ultimate quest for power and soon, Sierra, her friends, and young artist named Robbie find themselves caught up in his web.

In the announcement via Deadline, Rose shared her enthusiasm for the novel:

“Shadowshaper was a book I couldn’t put down. 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.”

Likewise, Daniel Jose older shared his excitement, but with fewer actual words.

Shadowhouse Fall hits bookshelves on September 12, 2017. You can pre-order it now via Amazon.

You’ll soon be able to check out Anika Noni Rose in another YA movie adaptation. She plays Maddie’s mother in the Everything, Everything movie, based on the book by Nicola Yoon, which hits theaters on May 19, 2017.

By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary