“Harlem Hellfighters” Retooled As Event Series

“San Andreas” scribes Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio will pen a planned six-hour series adaptation of the fact-based graphic novel “Harlem Hellfighters” for the History Channel.

Penned by “World War Z” author Max Brooks, the story deals with the real-life U.S. Army’s 369th infantry division, an African American unit fighting in Europe during World War I.

They faced tremendous discrimination during the war and returning from the front as heroes, despite spending more time in combat than any other American unit and never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture.

Things changed when they were assigned to a French command whereupon they experienced something unknown to them in America at that time – racial equality. They would eventually be awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French Government for their distinction in battle in liberating France from the Germans.

A+E Studios, Overbrook Entertainment and Immersive Pictures will produce. Brooks, Fabrizio, Passmore and Josh Bratman will executive produce the project which was previously setup as a film at Sony Pictures.

Source: Heat Vision