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*Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to “World War Z” author Max Brooks’ soon-to-be published graphic novel “The Harlem Hellfighters,” about the U.S. Army’s 369th infantry regiment, an African-American unit fighting in Europe during World War I.

The famed infantry regiment, which spent more time in direct combat than any other American unit during the war, returned home only to face the hard hand of racism from their fellow soldiers, citizens and the federal government.

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Michael 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 Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Brooks will adapt the script.

Illustrated by Caanan White and set in 1918, Harlem Hellfighters is set to be published on April 1 by Broadway Books.