‘Madea’ star and director Tyler Perry continues his expansion into other genres with the announcement that he would be tackling a World War 2 project for Netflix.
The ‘A Fall From Grace’ director will direct, produce, and write the upcoming film ‘Six Triple Eight,’ which tells the story of “6888th battalion, the only all-black, all-female battalion in the World War II effort.”
Along with Perry, Nicole Avant, Keri Selig, Carlota Espinosa, Angi Bones, and Tony Strickland. Peter Guber of Mandalay Pictures will work on the project as an executive producer.
According to Netflix, “The story of the 6888th Postal Directory Battalion has been kept out of history books, ignored by the national spotlight, until now — nearly 75 years later. On March 14th, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the bill for the women to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest honor.”
Tyler Perry had previously directed other projects for the streaming service including ‘A Fall From Grace,’ ‘A Madea Homecoming,’ and ‘A Jazzman’s Blues.’
Netflix describes the synopsis as follows,
“Six Triple Eight tells the inspiring true story of the incredible and brave women of the only all-black, all-female World War 2 Battalion. These 855 women joined the war effort with little knowledge of what exactly they would be doing, but were quickly given the mission of a lifetime: sort through and fix the three-year backlog of undelivered mail. A herculean task, that most thought to be impossible, the women not only succeeded but did it in half the time they were given. Facing discrimination, unfamiliar land, and a war-torn country, they persevered and sorted over 17 million pieces of mail, reconnecting American soldiers with their families and loved ones back home. The motto that kept them going each day was one they created themselves: “No Mail, Low Morale.” The women of the 6888 weren’t just delivering mail, they were delivering hope.”
The movie is based on an article in Sovereign Media’s ‘WWII History Magazine’ by Kevin M. Hymel.