Date: 10th March 2014
Will Smith has teamed up with Sony Pictures to produce a big screen adaptation of World War Z writer Max Brooks’ upcoming graphic novel, Harlem Hellfighters.
Brooks’ historical biography, illustrated by Caanan White, tells the true story of the all African-American 369th Infantry Regiment from Harlem New York, that fought in France during World War I and became one of the most decorated regiments of the war.
The graphic novel chronicles their journey from enlistment through training in South Carolina to combat in Europe. Though they returned home as heroes, the group experienced tremendous racial discrimination.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the unit “spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and went on to win countless decorations.”
Whether Smith also plans to star in film is currently unknown, but he is currently attached to several projects including Brilliance, Focus and Bad Boys 3.
Source: Press Release