Iyanu: Little one of Marvel, a graphic novel sequence created by Nigerian filmmaker Roye Okupe, has acquired essential acclaim together with being nominated as a finalist for the 2020 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Variety in Comics. So it gained’t come as a whole shock that HBO Max, Cartoon Community, and Lion Forge Animation introduced plans to adapt the graphic novels for animation.
Learn the main points within the official press launch under:
HBO Max, Cartoon Community, and Lion Forge Animation introduced immediately plans to adapt the favored Darkish Horse Comics/YouNeek Studios graphic novel sequence, Iyanu: Little one of Marvel, right into a 2D kids’s animated sequence. Created by Nigerian filmmaker Roye Okupe, Iyanu: Little one of Marvel is an epic superhero story steeped in Nigeria’s wealthy tradition, music, and mythology. The sequence follows a teenage heroine who should uncover the thriller behind her newfound powers to avoid wasting her individuals from an historic curse threatening to destroy humanity.
David Steward II’s Lion Forge Animation (Academy Award®-winning Hair Love), a number one Black-owned animation studio acknowledged for creating and introducing genuine content material specializing in underrepresented teams to worldwide audiences, is financing and overseeing manufacturing.
Brandon Easton (Transformers: Conflict for Cybertron: Seige, Marvel’s Agent Carter) is heading the writers’ room, with Roye Okupe serving as the chief producer, author, and director on a number of episodes. Lion Forge Animation’s Head of Manufacturing, two-time Emmy® winner Saxton Moore (Rise Up, Sing Out), will function supervising director.
Govt producers are David Steward II and Matt Heath from Lion Forge Animation, Erica Dupuis of Affect X Capital, Ryan Haidarian of Forefront Media Group, Doug Schwalbe, and Carl Reed.
Closely influenced by the historical past and achievements of the Yoruba individuals of Nigeria, Iyanu: Little one of Marvel is ready within the magical kingdom of Yorubaland. The sequence follows a teenage orphan woman, Iyanu, who spends her days finding out Yoruba historical past and historic arts however yearns for a standard life. At some point, responding to hazard, she unknowingly triggers her divine powers, the likes of which haven’t been seen because the Age of Wonders. With newly found superpowers, Iyanu joins forces with two different youngsters as they embark on a exceptional journey to find the reality in regards to the evil lurking in her homeland. All through her journey, she’ll uncover the reality about her previous, her mother and father, and her final future to avoid wasting the world.
Amy Friedman, head of youngsters & household programming, Warner Bros., mentioned: “Iyanu: Little one of Marvel has all of it – huge world-building, genuine characters, a robust, African feminine hero on the middle, and a first-class crew of stellar creators and producers. Whereas created for youngsters, the sequence will resonate with anybody searching for an journey crammed with shock, magic, lore, and legend. We really feel so fortunate to be the house of Iyanu and partnering with this crew.”
Lion Forge Animation Founder David Steward II mentioned, “The authenticity of the Iyanu story means the whole lot to us and aligns completely with our mission to create and ship inclusive content material to world audiences. A strong technique of conducting and sustaining that is by franchise constructing, and the depth and layers of the Iyanu world permit us to discover and create an attractive universe on display alongside large companions.”
“Once I got down to create Iyanu for a worldwide viewers, I wished to develop a world that mixed the whole lot I like in regards to the fantasy style with the majesty and awe that’s historic West Africa,” mentioned Roye Okupe. “On prime of that, working with Godwin Akpan, who illustrated the books, as our Artwork Director and collaborating with a considerate studio-like Lion Forge Animation that prioritizes authenticity and variety, is past perception.”
Brandon Easton commented, “As a former public college trainer within the Bronx and Harlem, I spent a few years with Black, Latino, and Asian teenagers and noticed what they gravitated towards. They cherished anime, manga, and issues alongside these traces, however all of them lamented that not one of the characters regarded like them. So after I was employed to adapt Roye’s superb Iyanu graphic novel, I wished the story to mirror Roye’s authentic imaginative and prescient whereas additionally injecting a way of satisfaction and marvel for all kids worldwide, however particularly for teenagers who hardly ever see themselves mirrored in a constructive gentle or in any respect. Iyanu has additionally modified the best way I see myself as a creator – with the superior duty to inform an unprecedented story to a worldwide viewers that showcases the humanity of African kids.”
Saxton Moore provides, “Iyanu will usher in a brand new style of animation across the African diaspora, and Lion Forge Animation is tremendous excited to be part of it. We hope to empower little adventurous women across the globe with Iyanu’s story.”
Lion Forge Animation is represented by Activist Artists Administration. Roye Okupe is represented by UTA & Redefine Leisure.