From a media release:
Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. (TSXV:TBRD) (“Thunderbird” or the “Company”), a global multiplatform entertainment company, is thrilled to confirm that authorÂ Cherie DimalineÂ will work with TV writer and producerÂ Jennica HarperÂ to adapt Dimaline’s Â award-winning novel,Â The Marrow Thieves, for television. The series will be produced by the Company’s scripted division with Dimaline and Harper set to executive produce alongside Alexandra RaffÃ© and Ivan Fecan, who is Thunderbird Entertainment’s Executive Chair of the Board.
The Marrow ThievesÂ is set in a dystopian future where Earth has been ravaged by climate change. Wanted for their bone marrow, which contains the lost ability to dream, North American Indigenous people are being hunted by government recruiters and used as unwilling donors. The story centers on Frenchie, a highly resourceful Indigenous teenager, and his companions, who together embark on a journey to the old lands in the hopes of surviving and reuniting with loved ones.
Dimaline is a MÃ©tis author and editor whose fiction has been anthologized internationally. Renowned for many accomplishments, her most recent novel, The Marrow Thieves, won the Governor General’s Award for English-language children’s literature andÂ the Kirkus Prize for Young ReadersÂ in 2017, the same year it was named a Native American Library Association Honor Book. Last year,Â The Marrow ThievesÂ won the Sunburst Award, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, and the Burt Award for First Nations, MÃ©tis and Inuit Literature.Â The Marrow ThievesÂ has also been a finalist for the Trillium Book Award and the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award. SingerÂ Jully BlackÂ represented the book on CBC’s 2018 Canada Reads, and it was later recognized as the bestselling Canadian book by CBC Books that same year.Â The Marrow ThievesÂ has been a Canadian bestseller for over a year and continues to hold a spot on theÂ Globe and MailÂ Canadian fiction list, nearly two years after publication.
Harper is aÂ Vancouver-based TV writer and producer, whose background includes work on the current hit crime dramaÂ Cardinal, ABC summer thrillerÂ Somewhere Between, and popular crime dramaÂ Motive, among others. Most recently, she served as the co-creator, writer and showrunner on the comedyÂ Jann, a fictitious take on the life ofÂ Jann Arden, which will premiere later this year.Â She has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and is the recipient of both a WGC Award for Screenwriting and a Leo Award.
In addition to being a Canadian bestseller,Â The Marrow ThievesÂ is set to be published in theÂ United KingdomÂ andÂ Australia, as well as translated into German and French. It will also be a spotlight book at the 2020 Frankfurt Bookfair.