Deadline has reported that streaming giant Netflix has orders 10 hour-long episodes of sci-fi family drama, Raising Dion, based on Dennis Liu’s short film about an African-American single mother, raising her young son who discovers he has multiple, constantly-changing abilities.

The show is coming from Liu, Creed star Michael B. Jordan (who will have a supporting role), veteran showrunner Carol Barbee, writer-producer Michael Green (American Gods, Logan) and Charles D. King’s MACRO, the team behind Oscar-winner Fences.

Barbee has written the adaptation of the Liu-directed Raising Dion short film (below), which accompanied Liu’s comicbook of the same name. She will serve as showrunner on the series and will executive produce alongside Liu, who will be directing; Jordan through his Outlier Society Productions; MACRO’s King, Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks; Kenny Goodman and Green.

Raising Dion 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 single parenting are amplified when Dion begins to develop magical, superhero-like abilities. Nicole must keep her son’s gifts a secret, with the help of Mark’s best friend Pat, and protect Dion from antagonists who are out to exploit him, while trying to figure out the origin of his abilities.

Liu said: “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 marks the first TV series for MACRO, the multi-platform media company founded in 2015 by former WME partner King, with the goal of bringing more diverse stories to film and TV.

“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.”

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