Seith Mann has been tapped as the director for Studio 8 and Black Mask’s adaptation of the comic book series Black. 

We first learned last year that Studio 8 optioned the series from Black Mask Studios where the United States is a country where only black people have superpowers.  The series is from co-creators former Marvel and DC digital editor Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith, Jamal Igle and Khary Randolph.

According to Deadline, who exclusively reported the news, the comic series “starts with a police shooting in Brooklyn that sees teen Kareem Jenkins survive a hail of bullets and discover that he is a lot more powerful than he ever knew. As Jenkins connects with others who share similar powers, a widespread oppressive global conspiracy to keep the knowledge of such superpowers from the world and especially blacks themselves is unveiled to all.”

Deadline also reports that the company plans to franchise the IP and develop the follow-up comic BLACK [AF]:America’s Sweetheart, which has a female lead, resulting in a Black-universe.

Mann, who directed VH1’s The Breaks film, has also directed episodes of The Wire, Friday Night Lights, Grey’s Anatomy and more.

Osajyefo and Smith are also co-producing the film, and Studio 8’s Jon Silk is overseeing its development.