“Hair Love” was this year’s Oscar Best Short Film and now we get to see more of its story unfold. HBO Max has agreed to turn the short into its own series spanning 12 episodes. For the television series, “Hair Love” will actually become “Young Love” and will focus on the family we saw in the original.
Twelve episodes of the Hair Love television series, titled Young Love, will be coming to the HBO Max streaming platform, the Hollywood Reporter confirmed. The film’s original creator and writer, Matthew Cherry, will return for the television spinoff, working alongside show-runner Carl Jones and writer Dayna Lynne North.
“I am beyond excited to continue telling the story of Stephen, Angela and Zuri and further explore the dynamics of a young Black millennial family we established in our short film Hair Love as an animated series,” said Cherry in a press release. According to IndieWire, the show will further center on the dynamics of the animated family, exploring themes of social issues, multi-generational families, parenthood, marriage, and careers.
The win itself had an incredible moment as it was the first time a Black woman had won an Oscar in the animation category. It was also only the second time for a man to win the animation Oscar. We’re so excited to continue on with this story, but even more so because this is a huge step for diversity in film.