The Wu-Tang Clan Story Will Be Told In A New TV Series
Twenty-five years ago, a collection of nine Hip-Hop artists remodeled the sound of the genre. The New York City group added grit and gumption to Rap music while defying conventions. In the age of the solo artist, a band of industry misfits eventually conquered the charts and shaped a style of music that remains in vogue. This story of the Wu-Tang Clan is coming to television.
According to Variety, Hulu has ordered 10 episodes of Wu-Tang: An American Saga. The series will explore the origins of the collective including RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, U-God, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard. It is reportedly based on The Wu-Tang Manual and The Tao Of The Wu, by RZA.
The series will be created, written, and executive produced RZA as well as Alex Tse–the screenwriter of the this year’s Superfly remake. Method Man will join The Abbott as an E.P. Ghostface, Deck, Masta Killa, GZA, and O.D.B.’s estate will be consulting producers.
“I’m delighted to be partnering with Hulu and Imagine [Television] to explore the vast story of ‘the Wuniverse,’” said The RZA. “Wu-Tang [Clan], through our music has always strove to inspire as we entertain. This opportunity to continue the W –Saga in a 10-episode series will exponentially increase our inspirational style of entertainment. In the immortal words of O.D.B., ‘Wu-Tang is for the Children.’”
Last week, before a live audience at Atlanta’s A3C Festival, RZA described his circumstances leading up to Wu. The frustrated Tommy Boy Records solo artist was facing an attempted murder charge in Ohio. After studying in the law library, RZA defended himself and was cleared. He made a pact with his associates. “I told them, ‘I have a vision, and I see it. If you give me five years, we’re gonna be the #1 crew in the country. Five years.’ This was in the winter of 1992. This is before recording 36 Chambers; we had only recorded ‘Protect Ya Neck’ at that time. Five years later, in the summer of 1997, the #1 album in the world is [Wu-Tang Forever]. We delivered.” In the last 25 years, the collective dealt with members passing away, facing incarceration, label woes, devastating floods, and more.
Although ordered, no release date was given.