‘The Gilded Ones’ movie optioned with Namina Forna adapting

The book was just the beginning! ‘The Gilded Ones’ is sparking a movie trilogy.


Namina Forna’s fantasy novel is the talk of the town, having only just hit shelves on Tuesday. Now The Gilded Ones is getting a movie, and Forna is set to adapt the novel for screen herself.

Deadline reports that movie studio Makeready has optioned The Gilded Ones and intends to make a movie trilogy based on the book and its follow-ups. Brad Weston and Negin Salmasi of Makeready will produce alongside Misha Green, best-known for HBO Max’s ‘Lovecraft Country.’ Forna is writing the script.

“When I said I was making franchises, this is what I meant,” Forna wrote on Twitter in reaction to the announcement. “Watch me make some #BlackGirlMagic as I adapt The Gilded Ones for the big screen.”

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In November 2020, Forna tweeted, “I want to have the biggest fantasy book franchises ever while also being happily married and having healthy, happy kids and being healthy and happy myself.”

A West African-inspired fantasy, The Gilded Ones tells the story of sixteen-year-old Deka, whose blood runs gold. In Deka’s world, gold blood is a sign of impurity in a cruel world that centers the worth of a woman to the notion of purity.

Check out the book’s full synopsis below:

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in Otera, a deeply patriarchal ancient kingdom, where a woman’s worth is tied to her purity, and she must bleed to prove it. But when Deka bleeds gold — the colour of impurity, of a demon — she faces a consequence worse than death. She is saved by a mysterious woman who tells Deka of her true nature: she is an Alaki, a near-immortal with exceptional gifts. The stranger offers her a choice: fight for the Emperor, with others just like her, or be destroyed …

Related: ‘The Gilded Ones’ by Namina Forna is a promising debut (Review)


There’s no word on a potential release date for the Gilded Ones movie, but seeing as it was only just announced, fans are likely to wait before they see Deka on screen.

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