Netflix has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to hourlong sci-fi, family drama, Raising Dion, based on commercial and music video director Dennis Liu’s short film about an African-American single mother who discovers her young son has multiple, constantly changing abilities.
Writing the first episode of Raising Dion is Carol Barbee, a veteran showrunner (UnReal, Judging Amy) who recently joined the project. Michael B. Jordan is expected to also act as an executive producer in addition to appearing as Dion’s dead father. Barbee wrote the adaptation of the Liu-directed Raising Dion short film, which accompanied the comic book of the same name Liu wrote with illustrations by Jason Piperberg.
You can check out the Raising Dion short film below:
Raising Dion is a Netflix production that follows the story of a woman named Nicole Reese, who raises her son Dion after the death of her husband Mark (played by 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.
“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,” Liu said. “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.”
Michael B. Jordan will next be seen in the upcoming Marvel film Black Panther and is set to star in the HBO Movies adaptation of Fahrenheit 451, opposite Michael Shannon and directed by Ramin Bahrani. Jordan is also executive-producing an upcoming OWN drama series created by Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight).
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