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The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna Will See Film Adaptation

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BY February 13, 2021

Namina Forna is an exciting new voice in YA fantasy fiction, her debut novel The Gilded Ones was recently published and has already been picked up for film adaptation. The novel is the first in her Deathless trilogy, so it is likely that the upcoming books will get the adaptation treatment as well.

The Gilded Ones Adaptation Image via Penguin Random House

The Gilded Ones Adaptation Will Bring A Feminist Fantasy To Life

Forna’s website tells us that The Gilded Ones is “the start of a bold and immersive West African-inspired, feminist fantasy series for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and Black Panther ( specifically the Ta-Nehisi Coates run) . In this world, girls are outcasts by blood and warriors by choice.”

The Gilded Ones is a stunning feminist fantasy, where women bleed gold when they have the gift of immortality. Forna has spoken about the bloody metaphor. And how it represents the way women are treated as commodities in so many cultures around the world. “We are seen as objects,” Forna said in an interview. “It doesn’t matter where in the world we are.”

Brad Weston and Negin Salmasi of Makeready are producing the adaptation of The Gilded Ones. Misha Green – writer, producer, and showrunner for Lovecraft Country – is also onboard to bring The Gilded Ones to life onscreen. 

Author Namina Forna herself will write the script for the film adaptation of The Gilded Ones. This makes sense, as Forna works as a screenwriter in Los Angeles. She has written for a number of short films over the years. But adapting her own novel into a feature film will be a task that combines both of her professional worlds. 

Namina Forna The Gilded Ones Adaptation Image via Author’s Webiste

The Gilded Ones looks to be an exciting new adaptation of a series that has seen a lot of buzz around its release. We don’t know yet where this adaptation will end up, or who will appear in the film. But we will certainly be keeping a close eye on the project as it moves forward. To stay up to date, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.  


Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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