raising dion

Netflix has given the green light to a 10-episode straight-to-series sci-fi family drama, ‘Raising Dion.’ The series is 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. The project comes from Liu, ‘Creed’ star Michael B. Jordan, who will play a supporting role, veteran showrunner Carol Barbee (‘UnReal,’ ‘Judging Amy’), writer-producer Michael Green (‘American Gods,’ ‘Logan’) and Charles D. King’s company MACRO (‘Fences’).

Barbee penned the adaptation of the ‘Raising Dion’ short film, which accompanied the comic book of the same name, written Liu with illustrations by Jason Piperberg. Barbee will serve as showrunner on the series and will executive produce alongside Liu, who will direct; Jordan, through his Outlier Society Productions; MACRO’s King, Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks; Kenny Goodman; and Green.

Here is an official description for the series:

Raising Dion, a Netflix production, 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.

Liu has spoken about the upcoming series, saying:

“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.”

This project will mark the first TV series order for MACRO, the multi-platform media company founded in 2015 by former WME partner King. The company works with the goal of bringing diverse stories to film and TV.

Cindy Holland, VP of Original Content for Netflix, had this to say about the upcoming project:

“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.”

Check out the original ‘Raising Dion’ short story below, and stay tuned for more updates on the new series!