He’s only officially been a Sony exec for less than a week, but Michael De Luca‘s dance card is quickly filling up. Sony Pictures today acquired the rights to World War Z author Max Brooks‘ soon-to-be published graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters. De Luca will oversee the project in one of his first projects with Sony as production president of Columbia Pictures. Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter will produce for Overbrook Entertainment and Brooks will adapt the script. Illustrated by Caanan White and set in 1918, Harlem Hellfighters tells the story of the U.S. Army’s 369th infantry regiment, an African-American unit fighting in Europe during World War I. The famed infantry regiment spent more time in direct combat than any other American unit during the war. The men returned Stateside as heroes but still faced the hard hand of racism from their fellow soldiers, citizens and the federal government. Harlem Hellfighters is set to be published on April 1 by Broadway Books. Representing Brooks and Overbrook, CAA brokered the deal with Sony. The World War Z scribe is also repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and UK-based lit agency Ed Victor Ltd.
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