Director Ryan Coogler is taking more steps to bring awareness to the nation’s biggest issues, including the institutionalization of disadvantaged youths.
Deadline reports Coogler has teamed up with Macro productions founder Charles King, Destin Daniel Cretton and playwright Chinaka Hodge to direct Minors, a show that will look into the affects children face by growing up in the system. The team plans to use their previous experiences to create a promising perspective.
The series will be written by Hodge, who previously taught in San Francisco Bay area continuation schools. Coogler and Cretton will direct. Cretton’s previous time working in a residential foster care and Coogler’s time working in a youth detention center will also be used. The series hasn’t been announced by a cable or streaming network. The organic approach to the troubling subject is just another social topic the director is tackling. On Sunday (Feb. 28), Coogler will take part in the #JUSTICEFORFLINT benefit.
The event will help bring awareness to the Flint Water Crisis and raise money for families affected by the city’s corroded pipes. The co-founder of Blackout for Human Rights says the people of Flint should be supported from their community as political heads continued to investigate the issue. “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,” he said.
Aside from his community efforts, the 29-year-old will direct Marvel’s The Black Panther. Cretton’s Macro productions was founded by King to share quality content appealing to African-American and Latino audiences.