Inspired by a social media post by Kidulthood creator Noel Clarke (pictured), Lionsgate UK is reteaming with the actor-writer’s prodco Unstoppable to bring the feature to television.
The pair said the adaptation will stay true to the heart of the film franchise, but refreshes the concept for a new platform and a new catchment audience.
Kidulthood was created by Clarke, who first introduced the feature in 2006, which was then followed up by Adulthood in 2008 and Brotherhood in 2016.
The new show introduces a host of new characters, but there will also be the odd familiar face from the trilogy to reward existing fans.
Lionsgate will develop and produce multiple seasons of eight to ten 60-minute episodes alongside Unstoppable and will sell worldwide rights to the show.
The ‘hood trilogy’ has achieved a combined UK box office of £7.5 million (US$10 million) and sold over 1.3million units on DVD, according to Lionsgate.
“Adapting Kidulthood for television allows fans to watch new characters deal with new problems in the world I created with my team,” says Clarke.
Lionsgate CEO Zygi Kamasa said: “When we saw Noel’s post over the weekend, it confirmed our belief that this was something we had to be involved in.
“Noel has a reputation for always being socially relevant, knowing how to deliver authentic entertainment to audiences and his newly drafted script proves that this reputation will continue in TV format.
Lionsgate UK has significantly increased its output in British scripted programme development since hiring ex-ITV drama chief Steve November last year. In January, it bought a stake in film and TV company Potboiler Productions and is developing projects with publishers Harper Collins and Myriad Editions.
What u been doing? I been doing this #KidulthoodTV #NewWorld #NewRules #NewProblems. And alot of opportunity for new talent #ItsNotJustHood pic.twitter.com/eBhXT9I2Xv
— Noel Clarke (@NoelClarke) October 1, 2017