A new drama about the legendary New York City rap group Wu-Tang Clan is coming to Hulu.
The show has received a straight-to-series order from the streaming service for 10 episodes. The story will be based in part on the books The Wu-Tang Manual and Tao of Wu, both written by RZA.
One of the founders of the Wu-Tang Clan and often considered the leader of the group, RZA pitched the series alongside writer Alex Tse (Superfly). He will executive produce the series alongside another Wu-Tang member, Method Man. Also executive producing the series is Imagine Television’s Brian Grazer (Empire).
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, RZA said, "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 strove 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.’”
Titled Wu-Tang: An American Saga, the series will explore the formation of the group in 1990s New York City. The band's members came together as a last resort to get away from a criminal lifestyle, and their first album ended up debuting in 1993. Their music went on to achieve platinum album status and sell over 40 million albums worldwide.
Fellow Wu-Tang members Ghostface Killa, GZA, Inspectah Deck and Masta Killa will serve as consulting producers for the series. The estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, another founding member of the group who died of a drug overdose in 2004, will also be consulting producers for the series.