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Sony Acquires ‘World War Z’ Author’s ‘Harlem Hellfighters’ for Overbrook

Sony Pictures acquires the rights to the Max Brooks’ graphic novel “The Harlem Hellfighters” and set Overbrook Entertainment to produce.

Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter will produce for Overbrook. Brooks will adapt the script.

Set to be published in April, the story centers on the 369th Infantry Regiment, an African-American regiment from Harlem, N.Y., that fought in France during World War I and became one of the most decorated regiments of the war.

Known more for his genre fare like “World War Z,” the graphic novel is more grounded but is expected to be just as compelling.

CAA, brokered the deal, reps Brooks and Overbrook. Brooks is also repped by Brillstein Entertainment and lit agent Ed Victor.

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