Not satisfied with merely going platinum with her debut record at the age of 10, Willow Smith has just announced her part in two exciting new female-led projects.
Her company MSFTS production have bought the film rights to Alwyn Hamilton’s fantasy young-adult trilogy Rebel of the Sands, and has also announced plans to develop an animated series called Menencholy, based on a book proposal written by Willow herself.
Menencholy tells the story of Menen-Nin Khali, a young girl who can see into her past life. Smith has remained pretty tight-lipped about specific details of the plot, but told Deadlinethat her protagonist will find herself “at a mystical place called The Mystery School, where we follow her as she goes through a metamorphosis”. Ominous. With plans to turn her proposal into a full-length book as well as bringing it life on screen, Smith has told her audience to “Enjoy the ride!”
Rebel of the Sands is also a fantasy feminist treat, a hot commodity in the publishing world, having only been released a year ago. In a similar vein to Willow’s own project, it focuses on a young girl in a fantasy world, this time desperate to escape her past and her hometown into deserts unknown.
So far Willow has starred alongside her dad Will Smith in I Am Legend and voiced Baby Gloria in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, but Hamilton's trilogy is likely to provide her first starring role. The second book in Hamilton’s trilogy was published last month, and the third instalment remains an unpublished mystery.