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African Teenage Superhero Series Iyanu: Child of Wonder

HBO Max and Cartoon Network have ordered a 2D animated adaptation of the Iyanu: Child of Wonder graphic novel series from American production company Lion Forge Animation.

Created by Nigerian filmmaker Roye Okupe, the African teen superhero graphic novel is published by Dark Horse Comics and YouNeek Studios and follows a teenage heroine who must uncover the mystery behind her newfound powers to save her people from an ancient curse. threatening to destroy humanity. The series is set in the magical kingdom of Yorubaland and is heavily influenced by the history of the Yoruba people of Nigeria.

The anime adaptation is produced by Lion Forge Animation, the company behind the Oscar-winning short Hair Love, which is the basis of a spin-off series, Young Love, for HBO Max. Lion Forge, led by founder David Steward II, finances and oversees production.

Okupe serves as executive producer, writer, and director for multiple episodes, with Brandon Easton (Transformers: War for Cybertron) heading up the writers room. Lion Forge’s head of production, Saxton Moore (Rise Up, Sing Out) is the supervising director.

Other executive producers on the project are: Steward II and Matt Heath for Lion Forge Animation; Erica Dupuis for Impact X Capital; Ryan Haidarian for Forefront Media Group; and Doug Schwalbe and Carl Reed.

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