Michael B. Jordan to executive produce and appear in superhero drama Raising Dion for Netflix
Netflix has ordered a 10-episode season of Raising Dion. The hour-long drama is based on a short film (watch below) and comic about an African-American single mother who discovers her young son has multiple, constantly-changing abilities. Michael B. Jordan will executive produce and appear in the series.
The series follows the story of 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.
Raising Dion is based on commercial and music video director Dennis Liu’s short film and comic book. Carol Barbee (Judging Amy, Jericho, Touch) will serve as showrunner/executive producer. She also write the script for episode one, which Liu will direct. Jordan will executive produce through his Outlier Society Productions. Raising Dion is also executive produced by MACRO’s Charles D. King, Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks with Kenny Goodman and Michael Green.
Said Liu, “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 and MACRO, 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.”
“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, Vice President, Original Content for 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.”
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