Matthew Cherry’s ‘Hair Love’ Becoming HBO Max Animated Series

Based on the Oscar-winning short, the new show is titled ‘Young Love’ and teams Cherry and Carl Jones as showrunners.

HBO Max has ordered a 12-episode animated series based on Oscar-winning animated short Hair Love from its writer-director, Matthew A. Cherry, and Sony Pictures Animation.

Cherry will showrun the series with Carl Jones (The Boondocks, Black Dynamite). Cherry and Jones also will be writing with Dayna Lynne North (Insecure). It will be executive produced by North, Blue Key Entertainment’s Monica A. Young (a producer on Hair Love), along with Lion Forge Animation’s David Steward II and Carl Reed.

Like Cherry’s best-selling book of the same name, Hair Love follows an African American father who has to learn to do his daughter Zuri’s hair. Young Love, the 2D animated series, will explore family dynamics through this young Black millennial family — Stephen and Angela, their daughter, Zuri, and her pet cat, Rocky — as they juggle their careers, marriage, parenthood, social issues and multigenerational dynamics, all while striving to make a better life for themselves.

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