Prior to its release, Molly Knox Ostertag’s The Witch Boy has been acquired by Fox Animation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox Animation holds the rights to adapt the graphic novel as a feature film.
Witch Boy, which goes on sale in October, is a book aimed at middle school readers and follows Aster, a 13-year-old boy from a family that raises its girls to be witches and boys to become shapeshifters. However, Aster hasn’t exhibited any shapeshifting powers yet and is far more interested in all things witchcraft. When his brothers become threatened by a mysterious danger, it falls to Aster to save them by employing all his witchy know-how.
Though Witch Boy is her first solo project, Ostertag is by no means a newcomer to either animation or graphic novels. After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in 2014, where she studied cartooning and illustration, she went on to work for the Disney Channel as a designer on their show Star Vs. the Forces of Evil. Ostertag also recently collaborated with author Sharon Shinn on the sci-fi graphic novel Shattered Warrior, which was published earlier this year by First Second Books. She also works with Brennan Lee Mulligan on the popular web comic Strong Female Protagonist.
Fox senior executive Darlene Caamaño Loquet will oversee the project’s adaptation.