May 2, 2018

Thunderbird options Canadian novel The Marrow Thieves

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Canada’s Thunderbird Entertainment has optioned Cherie Dimaline’s novel, The Marrow Thieves.

The book, which won The Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature, will be adapted as a limited series for television.

The Marrow Thieves takes place in a not-too-distant future after humanity has nearly destroyed the world through global warming. Now an even greater evil lurks: the Indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost – the ability to dream.

Marc Côté, publisher of Cormorant Books, said: “We were thrilled when Thunderbird expressed interest in The Marrow Thieves. We could not imagine a better home for the book.”

“Because The Marrow Thieves has become an important work for the Indigenous community, it was essential to find a team that could bring this story to life with a commitment to honour its messages and worldview,” said author Cherie Dimaline. “Thunderbird has made such a commitment and I am happy to be working with them as this project comes to life.”

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