OWN has tabbed Tarell Alvin McCraney to create a new dramatic series, the network said.
McCraney, the co-writer and executive producer of the Academy Award-winning Best Picture Moonlight, will create, write and executive produce the new coming-of-age drama from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, said OWN.
The series, inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, follows a 14-year old prodigy from the projects who must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out.
Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy (Revenge/Swingtown) will serve as executive producers alongside Michael B. Jordan (Creed).
“When Tarell shared his powerful story with us there wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” said OWN CEO Oprah Winfrey in a statement. “I knew this was something special that our viewers will without a doubt connect to and feel compelled to explore with us. I am honored to be working with Tarell and the rest of the producers on this project.”
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