As the push for diversity moves forward, “Creed” director Ryan Coogler continues to make waves, this time adding a television show to his quickly expanding resume. The “Fruitvale Station” helmer is set to partner with “Short Term 12” director and screenwriter Destin Daniel Cretton for directing duties, while the acclaimed writer Chanika Hodge will write the series. The three will collaborate on “Minors,” a new drama that draws from trio’s personal experiences in institutionalization that hopes to tackle the subject in a unique and fresh way.
From Cretton’s experience working in residential foster care, Hodge’s time as a teacher working with underserved youth, to Coogler’s upbringing in a juvenile detention facility, “Minors” will bring all three together for an honest and refreshing portrayal of the kids that grow up within the system. The show aims to capture how exactly the children themselves are shaped by the unforgiving environment of the facilities.
During a time when the pressure is high on the industry to bring more diversity across the board, “Minors” joins the more diverse landscape of television, joining the ranks of inclusive productions like “Empire,” “Black-ish,” and “Fresh Off the Boat.”
Next on Coogler’s plate is directing Marvel’s “Black Panther,” while Cretton will direct the adaptation of Jeanntte Walls’ memoir, “The Glass Castle.” Prior to “Minors,” Hodge previously served as an associate producer of HBO’s “Brave New Voices.”
Coogler, Cretton and Hodge will develop the project with Charles D. King’s Macro, a new media company that aims to increase diversity onscreen as well as behind the camera, as they continue to shop the show to various networks.