Things are looking up for writer and son of comedian/director Mel Brooks. Max Brooks, creator of World War Z, has Sony Pictures snatching up another one of his stories “The Harlem Hellfighter’s” which hits bookshelves on April 1, 2014. The movie has even found it’s producers Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter under their Overbrook Production company. The story is the amazing recount of the 369th infantry division a.k.a The Harlem Hellfighters, an all African American unit who fought during WWI.
In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched triumphantly home from World War 1. They had 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 winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on—and off—the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy.
In THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS, bestselling author Max Brooks and acclaimed illustrator Caanan White bring this history to life. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, they tell the heroic story of the 369th in an action packed and powerful tale of honor and heart.
(via. The Hollywood Reporter)
Brooks, the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, wrote the book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, which was adapted for Paramount’s Brad Pitt-starring film that grossed $202 million domestically and $540 million worldwide. A sequel is currently in development.