The Hollywood Reporter notes that the project takes inspiration from the real-life experiences of Coogler’s Oakland upbringing and work in juvenile detention, Cretton’s experience working in residential foster care and writer Chinaka Hodge’s work teaching under-served youths. The series will show how the system shapes young people over a one-year period.
Coogler, Cretton, and Hodge will executive produce with Coogler and Cretton co-directing, while Hodge serves as writer, all under Charles D. King’s media company.
Ryan’s next project is Marvel’s “Black Panther,” and Deadline reports that he has been appointed as the first Warner Bros Creative Talent Ambassador. The program gives young people of all backgrounds from the UK scholarships that provide work placements, mentoring, apprenticeships and training courses.
Coogler’s fellowship at the Time Warner Foundation Fellow enabled him to develop his first feature, “Fruitvale Station,” which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. His follow-up film, “Creed,” earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Sylvester Stallone. The story is a continuation of the Rocky saga, and grossed over $167M globally.
“Having experienced firsthand the support and impact of programs similar to Warner Bros Creative Talent,” Coogler said. “It is fantastic to know that passionate young people of all backgrounds are being given the chance to follow their dreams here in the UK. This can be a tough industry and so we need to do what we can to bring talented young people into it.”
Creative Talent is in its third season, and Warner UK, Ireland and Spain President and Managing Director Josh Berger, calls Coogler “the perfect example of the effect that a program like this can have on one’s life and career. We’re already seeing our talented young people taking strides into the industry, just a couple of years into the program, and I can’t wait to see what Season Three will go on to achieve.”