The mastermind behind Luke Cage Cheo Hodari Coker is now joining streaming giant Amazon with an overall TV deal. The new endeavor comes just two months after Netflix cancelled his critically acclaimed show, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
The new contract stipulates Coker will be developing TV projects under his company Fighting 99TH Entertaiment. Amazon will reportedly be responsible for distributing the content Coker produces to 200 countries and regions all over the world.
“Amazon is the future, and their bespoke, specific approach to building groundbreaking shows offers an amazing opportunity, one that I’m incredibly thankful for,” Coker said. “I can’t think of a better place to launch the first shows developed under my Seattle-based Fighting 99th Entertainment banner and am excited for people to see what we have in store.”
The famed show runner started his career as a music journalist (he penned numerous stories for VIBE), and later used his prolific pen to create a slew of movies and TV shows like 2009’s Notorious and Southland. He additionally wrote his writing credits on Straight Outta Compton, Lowriders, Creed II, NCIS: Los Angeles, among many others.
“We’re very excited to welcome Cheo to the Amazon Studios family,” Vernon Sanders, co-head of TV at Amazon, said in a statement. “From Notorious to Luke Cage, Cheo is a provocative, revolutionary storyteller, and we’re happy he’ll be creating those kinds of bold new series exclusively for Prime Video.”
It’s definitely exciting to see what else Cheo will create in his role with Amazon.