Destin Daniel Cretton is going from the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to another kind of superhero: Japanese Americans of World War II. Cretton is set to direct a series based on Daniel James Brown book Facing the Mountain.
The news of the series was first reported by Deadline. The story follows the Japanese American war heroes of the 442nd Regiment during WWII. The saga of patriotism highlights the contributions and sacrifices Japanese Americans made for the sake of the nation, in the face of unspeakable persecution and internment at home.
This is kind of a big deal because Hollywood seldom tells WWII stories through the lens of Japanese Americans… and it’s about damn time.
Cretton will reteam with producer Asher Goldstein for the project. He previously worked with Goldstein on Just Mercy and Short Term 12 — which is my personal favorite Cretton film.