Thursday, April 22, 2021

‘Creed’s’ Ryan Coogler Eyes TV Move With Juvie Drama ‘Minors’

Ryan Coogler, Destin Daniel Cretton and Chanika Hodge
Ryan Coogler, Destin Daniel Cretton and Chanika Hodge

*“Creed” and “Fruitvale Station” director Ryan Coogler is looking to make the jump to television with a drama in partnership with Short Term 12’s Destin Daniel Cretton and acclaimed poet/playwright Chinaka Hodge.

Titled “Minors,” the story draws on the personal experiences of the creative trio, based on Cretton’s work in residential foster care; Coogler’s Oakland, CA, upbringing and time working in a juvenile detention facility; and Hodge’s efforts as a teacher working with underserved youth.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the drama hopes to take a unique approach in tackling institutionalization, focusing on the children who grow up in the system — with the structure of the show documenting how the facilities influence and shape the kids over the span of a year.

The project, for Charles D. King’s new diversity-targeted media company Macro, is set to be shopped to networks and other TV vehicles.

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