Brace yourselves for another 90s revival- this time it being with the Wu-Tang Clan. Hulu has handed out a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for Wu-Tang: An American Saga. The scripted drama is based on one of hip-hop’s most influential groups and is inspired by the philosophical books The Wu-Tang Manual and its sequel, Tao of Wu, both written by Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA.
If you haven’t heard of them, you can check out one of their most well-known songs, “C.R.E.A.M.” below. The Clan has released five gold and platinum albums and has sold 40 million albums worldwide.
Wu-Tang: An American Saga is based on the true story of the Wu-Tang Clan, a hip-hop group from Staten Island, New York who rose to fame in the early 1990s. The group originally consisted of nine artists: RZA, GZA, Ghostface, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, Method Man, and the now departed Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Cappadonna never secured water-tight Wu status.
Set in New York in the 1990s at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan’s formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs (aka The RZA), who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.
It is created by RZA and Alex Tse (SuperFly). The executive producers will consist of by Brian Grazer (Empire, Genius), Francie Calfo, RZA, Method Man, and Tse. Imagine’s James Seidman will oversee for the company. Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, GZA, and Estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard will serve as consulting producers.
“I’m delighted to be partnering with Hulu and Imagine to explore the vast story of the Wuniverse. Wu-Tang, through our music, has always strived to inspire as we entertain. This opportunity to continue the Wu saga in a 10-episode series will exponentially increase our inspirational style of entertainment. In the immortal words of ODB, ‘Wu-Tang is for the Children,'” said RZA.
The series currently doesn’t have a launch date.
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