Thursday, October 5, 2017

Netflix Orders 10 Episodes of Drama 'Raising Dion' Starring Michael B. Jordan

Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of original drama series Raising Dion based on the short film and comic book of the same name. A premiere date window wasn't immediately announced.

Raising Dion follows single mother Nicole Reese, who raises her son Dion after the death of her husband. 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 her husband's best friend Pat, and protect Dion from antagonists out to exploit him while figuring out the origin of his abilities.

Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Black Panther) will co-star as Mark, Nicole's husband.

Carol Barbee will serve as showrunner for the first season, with Dennis Liu set to direct the first episode. They executive produce with Jordan, Charles D. King, Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Kenny Goodman and Michael Green. Outlier Society Productions produces for Netflix.

"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," added Cindy Holland, Vice President of Originals, 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."