HBO Max, Cartoon Network, and Lion Forge Animation have teamed up for a 2D adaptation of ‘Iyanu: Child of Wonder,’ a novel series influenced by the Yoruba people of Nigeria.
According to Warner Bros Discovery, the animated series will be produced and financed by Lion Forge Animation.
‘Iyanu: Child of Wonder’ is an epic superhero tale steeped in Nigeria’s rich culture, music, and mythology.
The series tells the story of Iyanu, a teenage orphan girl who spends her days studying Yoruba history and ancient arts.
She, however, yearns for a normal life.
While responding to danger, she unknowingly triggers her divine powers — the likes of which have not been seen since the ‘Age of Wonders’.
With her newly discovered superpowers, Iyanu joins forces with two other teenagers as they embark on a remarkable journey to discover the truth about the evil lurking in her homeland.
Throughout her adventure, she will uncover the truth about her past, her parents, and her ultimate destiny to save the world.
The graphic novel series was created by Roye Okupe and Godwin Akpan.
Okupe is expected to serve as the executive producer, writer, and director on the multiple episodes, while Saxton Moore, Lion Forge Animation’s head of production, will be the supervising director.
“When I set out to create ‘Iyanu’ for a global audience, I wanted to develop a world that combined everything I love about the fantasy genre with the majesty and awe that is ancient West Africa,” Okupe said.
“On top of that, working with Godwin Akpan, who illustrated the books, as our art director and collaborating with a thoughtful studio like Lion Forge Animation that prioritizes authenticity and diversity, is beyond belief.”
David Steward, the founder of Lion Forge Animation, also said; “The authenticity of the Iyanu story means everything to us and aligns perfectly with our mission to create and deliver inclusive content to global audiences.”
“A powerful means of accomplishing and sustaining this is through franchise building, and the depth and layers of the Iyanu world allow us to explore and create a beautiful universe on screen alongside tremendous partners.”