#TheCulture keeps winning this year on the big and the little screen . Two big screen habitual winners, Michael B. Jordan and the co writer of Moonlight, Tarrell Alvin McCraney are bringing their creative talents to television. The two have signed a deal with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network to pick up a yet-to-be named drama series that will be executive produced by the pair.
The series is set in Miami right after Barack Obama defeated John McCain, becoming the first Black President of The United States. The story line is loosely based on the life of McCraney, who grew up in Miami’s inner city. The story line follows a young and talented 14 year old who is reeling from the death of a close friend. He is determined not to be a statistic and succumb to his environment, but rather find a way out.
“I wanted to explore the pivotal steps towards adulthood and identity, the ones we take when we think or feel we have no other choice,” McCraney said.
McCraney is a graduate of Yale School of Drama. He’s a playwright, actor and writer who partnered with Barry Jenkins to create the Oscar Winning film ‘Moonlight’, which was also loosely based on his life. In addition to the OWN series he’s also working on a scripted series for Amazon based on Colson Whitehead’s book, “The Underground Railroad’.