If you enjoyed Max Brooks’ World War Z then you’ll also be glad to hear that the rights to his latest graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters were picked up by Sony.
The Harlem Hellfighters is based on the true story of the Army’s 369th infantry division, the first African American unit to serve in the American Expeditionary Force during World War 1.
The novel follows “their journey from the enlistment lines in Harlem to training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the tranches of Europe.”
The Hollywood Reporter says that though “their unit spend the most time in combat than any other American unit” and won several decorations, upon return to the U.S. they were met with discrimination by their government and the public.
Indiewire reports that the film adaptation of the novel will be produced by Will Smith and James Lassiter through Smith’s production company, Overbook Entertainment.
Although Will Smith will be producing the film, there is indication that he will also star in it.
The graphic novel was illustrated by Caanan White and will be available for sale on April 1, 2014. THR also reports that Brooks will also adapt the script.
Max Brooks previously wrote The Zombie Survival Guide: Record Attacks, the mini-series GI: Joe Hearts & Minds, and The Extinction Parade.
Sony has yet to make public a release date for the film adaptation of The Harlem Hellfighters.