Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to The Harlem Hellfighters, the soon-to-be-published graphic novel from World War Z author Max Brooks. Deadline is reporting that Michael De Luca, who was only made a Sony exec less than a week ago, will be overseeing the development of the film with Sony as production president of Columbia Pictures.
Illustrated by Caanan White, The Harlem Hellfighters is to tell the story of the U.S. Army’s 369th infantry regiment, an African-American unit fighting in Europe during World War I. This unit ended up spending more time fighting than any other American unit during WWI. Even though many of the men managed to return as heroes, they “still faced the hard hand of racism from their fellow soldiers, citizens and the federal government.”
This sounds like a great story, dealing with not only war and the men that have to adapt to life afterwards, but the racism and inequality that was prevalent during the United States at this time. Hopefully the film version will be more faithful to the source material than World War Z was.
Broadway Books is to publish The Harlem Hellfighters on April 1st this year.