Harlem Hellfighters, the fact-based graphic novel from World War Z writer Max Brooks and artist Caanan White. has been picked up by Overbrook, the production banner of Will Smith, James Lassiter and Jada Pinkett-Smith, and will be made into a limited-series for the History Channel. THR.com is reporting that Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio, who wrote San Andreas, will write what is believed to be a six-hour series.
The graphic novel, tells of the real life U.S. Army's 369th infantry division. It was an African America unit fighting in Europe during World War I and spending more combat time than another other unit. The gave up no ground, had no soldier captures and went on to be highly decorated… but still faced great discrimination both overseas and back home. The Hellfighters were under French command, which allowed them to excel and lead to them being awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government for their service in liberating the country from the Germans.
This is not he first time Harlem Hellfighters had been optioned, original the property was picked up by Sony Pictures in 2014 intended as a film to be scripted by Brooks.