The Nigerian writer Akwaeke Emezi’s forthcoming romance novel has been bought by actor Michael B. Jordan’s Amazon-hosted production company Outlier Society, in a seven-figure deal. You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty will be published in 2022 by the Simon & Schuster imprint Atria.
Outlier Society beat eight other offers for the rights. Though Jordan’s new film Without Remorse began airing on Amazon Prime last week, You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty is the first major film property acquisition by the Black Panther star. Emezi will be executive producer for the project.
Here’s a synopsis of the novel as shared by Deadline:
The protagonist is a beautiful Nigerian 29-year-old aspiring artist in Brooklyn who loses her husband in a tragic accident.
While she grieves through her art, her life begins to turn around when she meets a handsome new man at a party and is given an introduction to a major curator who wants to launch her career into the art world.
But even as romance takes her to a beautiful estate in the Caribbean, she struggles with the challenge of balancing grief with the desire to move forward with her life.
In a Twitter post, Emezi revealed their romance novel was written last year. “To be made executive producer (again!) on YOU MADE A FOOL OF DEATH WITH YOUR BEAUTY is an utter dream,” they wrote.
A National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree, Akwaeke Emezi was born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria. They are the author of the novels Freshwater, PET, and The Death of Vivek Oji. Their forthcoming works includes debut books of nonfiction and poetry: Dear Senthuran (A Black Spirit Memoir), from Riverhead Books (June 2021), and Content Warning: Everything, from Copper Canyon Press (2022).