Ryan Coogler Developing New TV Series About the Effects of Institutionalization


Hot off the success of Creed and being signed by Marvel to direct the hotly anticipated Black Panther adaptation, Ryan Coogler is developing a new series called Minors. According to Variety, Coogler will team with director Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) and talented playwright Chinaka Hodge. Macro, a production company founded by Charles King, will help bring the project to fruition and prepare the team for an inevitable bidding war.

Inspired by the eclectic experiences of Coogler, Cretton and Hodge, Minors will grapple with the damaging effects of institutionalization on America’s youth. The drama will seek to address these hot-button issues by exploring the effects of kids in juvenile facilities over the course of a single year. Minors will reportedly pull from Coogler’s experiences of working in a juvenile detention center as well as Cretton’s time spent working at a residential foster care facility and Hodge’s 15 years working with local youth in the Bay Area.

With the clout attached to this budding drama series that addresses many of the social issues we’re facing today, Minors should have no problem picking up offers when the time is right, from both traditional networks and streaming services.

Putting his stellar film achievements aside, Coogler’s influence continues to reach new heights. Earlier this week, the director announced his new initiative, #JusticeForFlint. Joined by the likes of Ava DuVernay and Hannibal Buress, Coogler’s event is set to take place in Michigan on the same night as the Oscars. The purpose is to offer Flint residents a night of healing with a potent blend of entertainment and unity. “With the #JUSTICEFORFLINT benefit event we will give a voice to the members of the community who were the victims of the choices of people in power who are paid to protect them,” Coogler shared with BuzzFeed News.

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