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Fox Animation has preemptively picked up the feature film rights to The Witch Boy, an upcoming graphic novel by Molly Knox Ostertag.
Witch Boy centers on 13-year-old Aster, whose family raises all their girls to be witches and boys to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. The boy hasn’t shifted, and he’s fascinated by witchery. When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help … but as a witch. With the help of a non-conforming friend, Aster will have to find the courage to save his family while also be true to himself.
Scholastic Press, which is behind such graphic novel best-sellers as Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters and Ghosts, is set to publish The Witch Boy in October.
Fox senior executive Darlene Caamaño Loquet will oversee the project for the studio.
Ostertag graduated in 2014 from the School of Visual Arts, where she studied cartooning and illustration, and currently works as a designer on the Disney Channel show Star Vs. the Forces of Evil. The 25-year-old recently collaborated with author Sharon Shinn on the sci-fi graphic novel Shattered Warrior, which hit shelves earlier this year from First Second Books. Witch Boy is her solo graphic novel debut.
Ostertag, who also illustrates the popular webcomic Strong Female Protagonist with co-creator Brennan Lee Mulligan, is repped by APA and Linnan Literary Management.
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