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Creed’s Ryan Coogler to direct TV series about life behind bars for young people

TV SERIES: Ryan Coogler

TV SERIES: Ryan Coogler

CREED DIRECTOR Ryan Coogler is currently developing a new television series centered on the life of teens in a young offenders institute.

Minors will take “an unflinching look at institutionalisation, examining juvenile facilities and the children who grow up in that system” and draw on Ryan’s personal experiences as a counsellor at a juvenile detention facility in San Francisco.

During a 2012 interview with Filmmaker Magazine, the 29-year-old shared his thoughts on the relationship between America’s justice system and black males.

“Lots of times people who don’t come in contact with African-American males have power over their lives. These are the people coming up with policy,” he said.

“These are the people who are called to juries. These are the people who say ‘I want to be a cop,’ getting a badge and a gun and shooting up these communities. Protecting people who they never really come in contact with. So it’s a really interesting dynamic.”

Following the critical and commercial success of Creed, Ryan, who last month was honoured with a Rising Star Award at the inaugural American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Awards, was enlisted to direct Marvel’s forthcoming Black Panther, due in 2018.

“We are fortunate to have such an esteemed filmmaker join the Marvel family,” Marvel boss Kevin Feige said when announcing Coogler’s sign-on. “The talents Ryan showcased in his first two films easily made him our top choice to direct Black Panther.”

 

Coogler’s debut film, Fruitvale Station, which also starred Creed’s Michael B Jordan, won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for US dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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