Netflix has announced that they’ve given a series order to Raising Dion, a superhero drama set to star Creed‘s Michael B. Jordan.
“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, 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.”
Based on the Dennis Liu short film of the same name, which was also turned into a comic book, Raising Dion tells the story of Nicole Reese, a single woman struggling to deal with the death of her husband (Jordan) while raising her young son Dion. Things are made that much more difficult when Dion begins to manifest magical, superhero-like abilities that make him a target for those who wish to exploit his gifts for profit and power.
“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.”
Raising Dion will be the first non-Marvel-related superhero project to be produced by Netflix and one of two black superhero shows in production along with The CW’s Black Lightning.
You can check out a look at the Raising Dion short film below.