Disney+ has greenlit a new series based on the graphic novel “American Born Chinese” by Gene Luen Yang!
The streaming service ordered the adaptation straight to series, from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton, who will direct and executive produce.
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American Born Chinese is an action-comedy series that “tells the story of Jin Wang, an average teenager juggling his high school social life with his immigrant home life. When he meets a new foreign student on the first day of the school year, even more worlds collide as Jin is unwittingly entangled in a battle of Chinese mythological gods. The show is a genre-hopping action-comedy that explores issues of identity, culture, and family.”
“Reading Kelvin [Yu]‘s riveting adaptation of Gene‘s incredible novel had me laughing and crying and jumping out of my chair on every page,” Destin shared in a statement. “I feel deeply connected to the characters in this story and the brilliant team bringing it to life. This show is going to be unlike anything we’ve experienced on TV, and I can’t wait for the world to see what we’re cooking up.”
Gene Luen Yang said, “I feel so lucky to be working with this team. Melvin Mar is a man with a vision, and I’m deeply grateful that he took this project under his wing. Kelvin Yu is a phenomenal talent. His script brings to television everything I wanted to get across in my book. And Destin Cretton… who in America isn’t a fan of Destin Cretton right now? I can’t wait for him to bring his signature blend of action and heart to the show. When I was in high school, I was such a big Disney fan that I had at least one Mickey Mouse item on me at all times: a wallet, a watch, a belt buckle, a t-shirt, something. Being a part of Disney+ is a dream come true.”
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