Netflix Developing Superhero RAISING DION Series

Written by Andrew Pollard Thursday, 05 October 2017

TV News

Not enough superhero-driven TV shows around for your liking these days? No?! Regardless of whether you think that the market has been flooded over recent years, another new series will be heading to the small screen in the near-future.

As revealed by Netflix, the on-demand streaming service has ordered a ten-episode season of Raising Dion. While it’s maybe not a property that’s as well known as some of the other shows out there already, Raising Dion will be based on the short film and comic book of the same name from Dennis Liu. To be developed as an hour-long drama, Michael B. Jordan is serving as an executive producer and will also make an appearance in the series.

The early word on Raising Dion reads:

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.

On this news, Liu himself enthused, “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.”

Netflix’s Cindy Holland added, “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.”

For those unfamiliar with the original Raising Dion short, you can find it in the player below:

As ever, expect more on Raising Dion as it continues to develop.

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