Will Smith to tackle production of the 'Harlem Hellfighters'

Other | Friday 10th March 2017 | Idrees

Harlem Hellfighters, the fact-based graphic novel by the World War Z author Max Brooks will be converted into a live series.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the graphic novel will be getting the limited-series from History Channel.

Overbrook, the production company of Will Smith, James Lassiter and Jada Pinkett-Smith, has joined forces with the writers of San Andreas, (the Dwayne Johnson earthquake adventure movie) Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio to develop a six-hour series.

The series will be under the A+E Studios with Overbrook Entertainment and Immersive Pictures.

Harlem Hellfighters follows the real-life U.S. Army’s 369th infantry division, which was an African American unit, that fought in Europe during the first World War. The unit is infamous for breaking down racial barriers as they spent more time in combat than any other American unit.

Giving up no ground to the enemy, having no soldiers captured and winning countless decorations, the unit unfortunately still faced heavy discrimination during the war and even once they returned.

The turning point was when the Hellfighters were under French command, which allowed them to excel, eventually leading to them being awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French Government for their service in liberating the country from the Germans.

Hellfighters had originally been planned to be set up as a movie back in 2014, when Sony Pictures picked up the rights but it seems that things didn’t pan out.

We await for the series to be released, so that we can  start to experience the stories of these heroic men first hand.