Anika Noni Rose backstage at the Badgley Mischka fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2014 in New York City

Anika Noni Rose backstage at the Badgley Mischka fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2014 in New York City

*Tony Award-winning actress Anika Noni Rose has optioned TV/Film rights to Daniel José Older’s urban fantasy book series Bone Street Rumba.

The first installment, Half-Resurrected Blues, was published on January 6 by Penguin’s Roc Books imprint and centers on character Carlos Delacruz, an agent in the “New York Council Of The Dead.” He’s a so-called in-betweener, living in a kind of purgatory after his own death, and he encounters others in a similar demi-monde.

The second installment, Midnight Taxi Tango, is slated for release next January.

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Publishers Weekly dubbed Older a “rising star of the genre.” He also has Shadowshaper, a YA title, about to come out as well.

Rose optioned the work through her Roaring Virgin Productions company.