Tyler Perry is working on a new film that will star Kerry Washington and Oprah Winfrey.
The movie, Six Triple Eight, will be based on the only all-Black, all-female unit during World War II. According to reports, Perry found the inspiration for the movie after reading a WWII History magazine article by Kevin M. Hymel.
It will focus on the story of over 800 women who joined the war with no clear understanding of their roles until they got there. The women were assigned to sort through three-years of undelivered mail to help reunite the servicemen with their families.
The film is also set to star Ebony Obsidian, Shanice Shantay, Milauna Jackson, Sarah Jeffery, Jay Reeves, Pepi Sonuga, Kylie Jefferson, and Sam Waterson.
Six Triple Eight will be Perry’s fourth Netflix original film. It follows A Fall From Grace, A Madea Homecoming, and A Jazzman’s Blues. Tyler Perry recently signed a new deal with Amazon, where he is set deliver four films to be released on Prime Video.
The head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke, spoke about Perry’s new deal with the company and said, “Tyler Perry is undeniably one of the most prolific creators of our time. He is a true multihyphenate who has defined his own incredible brand of storytelling and inspired people all over the world with his series and films.”
She continued, “We are excited to collaborate with Tyler and his teams to bring even more of his fantastic signature films to our global audiences.”
The media mogul also talked about his new deal with Amazon, “Jennifer Salke and the entire team have welcomed me with open arms, and I’m looking forward to continuing telling unique stories and bringing my next projects to the global audiences that they reach.”