RZA created the collection alongside author Alex Tse and can exec produce the present with Imagine TV.
Hulu goes again to the 1990s with the Wu-Tang Clan.
The streamer has handed out a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for Wu-Tang: An American Saga. The scripted drama collection relies on one hip-hop's most influential teams and is impressed by the philosophical books The Wu-Tang Manual and its sequel, Tao Wu, each written by Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA.
Co-created by RZA and author Alex Tse (SuperFly). The collection will probably be exec produced by Imagine Television's Brian Grazer (Empire, Genius) and Francie Calfo alongside Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and Method Man in addition to Tse. Imagine's James Seidman will oversee for the corporate.
Wu-Tang: An American Saga relies on the true story the Wu-Tang Clan. Set in New York within the 1990s on the peak the crack cocaine epidemic, the collection will comply with the Clan's formation, a imaginative and prescient Bobby Digs (aka RZA), who strives to unite a dozen younger black males who’re torn between music and crime however who finally rise to develop into the unlikeliest American success tales. The Clan has launched 5 gold and platinum albums and has bought 40 million albums worldwide. Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa and GZA in addition to the Estate Ol' Dirty Bastard, will function consulting producers.
"I'm delighted to be partnering with Hulu and Imagine to discover the huge story the Wuniverse. Wu-Tang, by way of our music, has at all times strove to encourage as we entertain. This alternative to proceed the Wu saga in a 10-episode collection will exponentially improve our inspirational model leisure. In the immortal phrases ODB, 'Wu-Tang is for the Children,'" RZA stated.
Wu-Tang: An American Saga turns into the most recent musical drama for Imagine, which additionally produces Fox's Lee Daniels hip-hop cleaning soap Empire and its sibling drama, Star. The firm's credit embody music-themed options eight Mile, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years and James Brown's Get on Up, amongst others. The firm has Pavarotti presently in manufacturing.
"I've been a fan Wu-Tang for the reason that mid-'90s and acknowledged rapidly how vital Wu-Tang and RZA had been to the world hip-hop music and tradition. Over the years I've gotten to know RZA, and it's clear that he’s the soul and storyteller Wu-Tang. Working with RZA and Alex Tse on this collection has been a spotlight my profession, and Hulu is the proper companion to deliver this story to a worldwide viewers," Grazer stated.
Added Calfo: "It is becoming that Wu-Tang: An American Saga is our first collection to launch this new chapter as an unbiased manufacturing firm/studio, because it embodies all the weather we search for in a narrative: ambition, imaginative and prescient, creativeness, neighborhood and the facility music to transcend our lives."
At Hulu, Wu-Tang: An American Saga will be part of a scripted roster that additionally consists of The Handmaid's Tale, The Looming Tower, The First, Castle Rock, Little Fires Everywhere, Ramy, Shrill and Catch-22. The collection will run alongside acquired content material corresponding to Empire, Power and Atlanta.
"The Wu-Tang Clan has made an immeasurable contribution to music and our widespread tradition," stated Craig Erwich, Hulu senior vp originals. "Their distinctive musical type and genuine storytelling continues to talk to our occasions. This collection is a conversation-worthy occasion that can deliver their historical past and music to life in a means that hasn't been seen earlier than." Tse's credit embody penning the screenplay for the SuperFly reboot in addition to writing the script for 2009's Watchmen. He's repped by CAA, Lighthouse and Schreck Rose.
"Ever since I heard 'Da Mystery Chessboxin' on the B-side maxi-cassette single 'C.R.E.A.M.,' I've been a lifelong Wu fan. I'll be celebrating this by shopping for a pair Clarks Wallabees," Tse stated. Added Method Man: "Imagine: Hulu and Wu-Tang — I'm thrilled with this collaboration. This is a serious win for hip-hop."
This article initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.