Willow Smith Is Partnering With Cartel Entertainment on Two Upcoming Female-Led Projects

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As Deadline exclusively reports, Willow Smith and her MSFTS Production company are partnering with Cartel Entertainment on two upcoming female-led projects.

The two projects are an adaptation of the Rebel Of The Sands trilogy and an animated series called Menencholy, which is based on an original book proposal penned by Willow Smith.

MSFTS Production and Cartel Entertainment acquired the rights to the young adult trilogy series by author Alwyn Hamilton and have plans to turn the series into a three-part film series, potentially starring Willow as the lead.

According to BarnesandNoble.com, Rebel Of The Sands is a “Middle-East-meets-Wild-West” fantasy that centers on the life of a teenager named Amani that escapes her backcountry town of Dustwalk on a dangerous journey to beat oppression in the pursuit of finding her own power.

The novel was published to rave reviews and a sequel, Traitor To The Throne, saw its release March 7.

The second project Menencholy, based on Willow’s original work, might prove to be another driving vehicle for her acting career. If she decides to star in it. As described by Deadline, Menencholy “centers on the epic journey of a young girl named Menen-Nin Khali with a gift that allows her to see into her past life. She eventually finds herself at a mystical place called The Mystery School, where we follow her as she goes through a metamorphosis. In time Menen begins to accept the true power that lies within her and uses it to save herself and her town.”

Of the project, Willow says, “The nonphysical, creative and, wild nature of a female heroine’s journey calls for a unique narrative structure that permeates the very foundation of the story.”

Although whether or not the musician will act in the projects has yet to be confirmed, Willow is set to produce the Rebel project alongside her manager Miguel Melendez and the people of Cartel Entertainment. She and Melendez are also on-board to executive produce Menencholy.

This is the first dive Willow has taken into the film world since appearing as the young True Jackson in 2009’s True Jackson, VP, and perhaps more noticeably as her father’s daughter in 2007’s I Am Legend.

The 16-year-old has primarily been focusing on her music, releasing her first LP Ardipithecus through the Roc Nation in 2015.

Photo Credit: Willow Smith Instagram/Simon Proctor

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