While Luke Cage showrunner and executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker has left Netflix after the unexpected cancellation of the series this past October, a new premium streaming service has signed on the writer-producer for an exclusive television development deal.
Coker and his production company, Fighting 99th Entertainment, has signed a three-year deal with Amazon Studios to develop and produce new series for their streaming platform.
"Amazon is the future, and their bespoke, specific approach to building groundbreaking shows offers an amazing opportunity, one that I’m incredibly thankful for," declared Coker in a statement to Deadline. "I can’t think of a better place to launch the first shows developed under my Seattle-based Fighting 99th Entertainment banner, and am excited for people to see what we have in store.”
The cancellation of Luke Cage had come as a surprise to the series' cast and crew as Coker had reportedly assembled a writers' room to develop a story for a planned third season before being notified of the cancellation. Additionally, Coker had co-written the story for this year's Creed II as well as the Notorious B.I.G. biopic Notorious.
"We’re very excited to welcome Cheo to the Amazon Studios family," confirmed Amazon Studios Co-Head of Television Vernon Sanders. "From Notorious to Luke Cage, Cheo is a provocative, revolutionary storyteller, and we’re happy he’ll be creating those kinds of bold new series exclusively for Prime Video.”