Michael B. Jordan is branching out his career into TV producing. The busy actor will executive produce and appear in Raising Dion for Netflix.
The series is based on the short film by Dennis Liu, which can be seen below.
It follows 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.
Liu will direct with Carol Barbee writing and serving as showrunner for the 10 episode series.
“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,” said Liu. “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.”
“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,” said Cindy Holland, VP of Originals at Netflix. “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.”
Jordan can next be seen in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, which claws its way into theaters February 16, 2018.
Source: Shadow and Act