Sony Picks Up Max Brooks' WWI Graphic Novel 'Harlem Hellfighters'
Though Paramount Pictures had some trouble bringing Max Brooks' novel World War Z to the big screen (it mostly worked out in the end), that's not stopping Sony from picking up a forthcoming graphic novel from the author. THR has word that the studio has picked up The Harlem Hellfighters, a story about the real-life African American infantry unit from World War I. Much like the true story about the racial barrier breaking Tuskegee Airmen in WWII, this follows the Army's 369th infantry division, which spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture.
The unit received plenty of decorations and were recognized as heroes, but that didn't some them from being racially scrutinized and discriminated against when they returned from war. The film will follow some of the men in the unit at various times in their service from enlisting in Harlem, to their brutal training camp and fighting in the trenches of France. Brooks will adapt the book (which arrives on April 1st) himself for the big screen with Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter producing for Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment banner, but it doesn't sound like the superstar will be involved in front of the camera.