OWN Orders Drama Series Inspired by Moonlight Co-Writer’s Life, Executive-Produced by Michael B. Jordan

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Tarell Alvin McCraney, executive producer and co-writer of Moonlight, is teaming up with Michael B. Jordan for a new drama series based on McCraney’s life, to debut on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN. The drama follows a 14-year-old prodigy from South Florida who must choose between the streets and higher education at the end of the Obama era.

“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.


Winfrey, whose network is currently home to the hit show Queen Sugar, spoke about McCraney’s story.

“When Tarell shared his powerful story with us there wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” Winfrey said. “I knew this was something special that our viewers will without a doubt connect to and feel compelled to explore with us. I am honored to be working with Tarell and the rest of the producers on this project.”

McCraney won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing Moonlight, which also won Best Picture.

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