A black superhero family drama from Michael B. Jordan and Charles D. King’s MACRO is coming to Netflix.
The streaming giant has greenlit Raising Dion for a 10-episode, straight-to-series order.
It is based on Dennis Liu’s viral short film of the same name, which revolves around a black mother who discovers her young son has multiple and constantly changing abilities.
Jordan will exec produce and also appear in the series in a supporting capacity. Veteran showrunner Carol Barbee is on board and wrote the Netflix adaptation and will serve as showrunner and will executive produce. Liu will direct and executive produce MACRO’s Charles D. King, Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks are also executive producing along with Kenny Goodman and Michael Green. This is the first TV series order for MACRO.
The Netflix series will follow a woman named Nicole Reese, who raises her son Dion after the death of her husband Mark (Jordan). The normal dramas of raising a son as a single mom are amplified when Dion starts to manifest several magical, superhero-like abilities. Nicole must now keep her son’s gifts secret with the help of Mark’s best friend Pat, and protect Dion from antagonists out to exploit him while figuring out the origin of his abilities.
According to THR, the show, which first began development in 2016, was retooled and tapped a new showrunner in Barbee after the success of Eleven on Netflix’s Stranger Things, so the shows would not overlap. At the end of 2016 it got back on track and Jordan joined the project in early 2017. Casting started in February, but as of now, Jordan is the only one attached to appear.
“I started this project many years ago because I wanted to see more diverse representation on film and television and I’m excited to partner with Netflix, who I know shares that commitment. More than ever, we need more stories told from different points of view and my hope with Raising Dion is to create a cinematic experience for all families that will lift your spirits and make you laugh and cry,” said Liu.
“We haven’t seen this type of superhero story before — an origin myth full of imagination, wonder and adventure, all grounded in the experiences of a modern single mother. Michael B. Jordan is an exciting and dynamic talent, and I’m excited to see him, Macro, Carol and the team translate Dennis’ unique vision to television,” said Cindy Holland, VP of Originals at Netflix.
You can watch the original Raising Dion short film below. A comic book companion was also released.
Jordan is continuing to build his profile behind the camera.
He has Black Panther set for release in 2018, will also star in HBO’s Fahrenheit 451 and has more projects set up to star in, including Creed 2, a remake of A Bittersweet Life and the Ryan Coogler-helmed Wrong Answer.
He’s also developing a coming-of-age drama with Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney for OWN, and producing the animated movie called Super Day Care with the team behind Megamind.