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Netflix orders teen series, Spike Lee feature

See You Yesterday is based on a short by Stefon Bristol

SVoD giant Netflix has continued its steady flow of December commissions with orders from the creator of The End of the F***ing World and acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee.

I Am Not Okay With This is an eight-episode coming-of-age story about a teenage girl negotiating the overlapping obstacles of high school, family issues, her budding sexuality and strange superpowers which are beginning to rise from within her.

The series is based on the graphic novel by Charles Forsman, who also wrote The End of the F***ing World, and is co-created, directed and exec produced by Jonathan Entwistle, who helmed the hit Channel 4 comedy.

I Am Not Okay With This is written by Christy Hall, who is also co-creator and exec producer on the drama. Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of Stranger Things producer 21 Laps Entertainment will also exec produce along with colleagues Dan Levine and Josh Barry.

Netflix has also teamed up with Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks label for time-travel drama See You Yesterday.

The feature tells the story of two teenage science prodigies from Brooklyn who construct make-shift time machines to save one of the duo’s sibling from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.

See You Yesterday is based on the short film by Lee’s protégé Stefon Bristol, making his directorial debut on the new feature. Bristol co-wrote the script with Fredrica Bailey while they were graduate students at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The short film is currently available on Cinemax’s streaming platform Max Go.

“I started this project when Mike Brown and Eric Gardner were murdered. That was in 2014. And we are still dealing with deadly police misconduct,” Bristol commented. “I made this film because I don’t want the conversation on police brutality to slow down.”

“See You Yesterday is genre-blending and entertaining” added Bailey. “But it also brings attention to the very real issue of police brutality. And it does it through the eyes of two young amazing black scientific geniuses. I’m excited to see such unique characters on screen.”

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