If you’ve ever read Max Brooks‘ fact-based graphic novel, Harlem Hellfighters, then you might be geeked to learn that it’ll soon be coming to a TV near you.
Yes, that’s right, television fans of all ages — the History Channel — will soon bring the story of an African American infantry division who fought in Europe during World War I.
And it will be produced by Will Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment production company.
Written by Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio (San Andreas) — Harlem Hellfighters will be a six-hour series that finds the 369th unit breaking down racial barriers, spending more time in combat than any other American unit and never losing ground to the enemy. That’s some pretty harrowing stuff right there.
Will Smith, James Lassiter and Jada Pinkett Smith‘s Overbrook Entertainment will executive produce this project with Immersive‘s Josh Bratman and author Max Brooks. Originally, Harlem Hellfighters was on track to be a full-length feature at Sony Pictures, which picked up the rights in 2014, but it appears the better (and longer) game is to place this project on television.
We will keep an eye out for a trailer once this project begins being developed.