Hulu is developing a Wu-Tang Clan scripted drama series co-created by RZA. The show is titled Wu-Tang: An American Saga and it will consist of 10 episodes. The show is inspired by the philosophy books The Wu-Tang Manual and Tao of Wu, both of which were written by RZA. Wu-Tang Clan is one of the most iconic hip hop groups to ever grace the stage. Dusty beats, Kung Fu, Chess, drugs, and everything in between, the Clan has it all, and they elevated hip hop to a whole other level.
Wu-Tang: An American Saga was created by RZA and Alex Tse. The streaming series is based on the true story of the Wu-Tang Clan told through the eyes of the band. The group formed in Staten Island, New York City during the early 1990s, at the height of the crack epidemic. The series will tell the story of how they met and came together to take over the hip hop world. Wu-Tang Clan members Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa and GZA as well as the Estate of Ol' Dirty Bastard, will serve as consulting producers.
Wu-Tang: An American Saga has the potential to be a pretty epic series. There's plenty of stories that are now legendary that will be able to be told at length through ten episodes that will be uncensored. While Straight Outta Compton was able to tell the story of N.W.A., some hardcore hip hop fans noticed that they glossed over certain stories in an effort to make a tight and compact film. The story of Wu-Tang Clan is going to take that idea and turn it on its head.
Wu-Tang Clan has featured at one time or another RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa, with newcomer Cappadonna becoming a fulltime member in 2007. The dysfunctional group has launched successful solo careers as well, but back in their 1990s heyday, they were more known for what happened off the stage, especially Ol' Dirty Bastard, who went through numerous names and died of a drug overdose after taking a fatal mixture of cocaine and prescription drugs. He was 36-years old.
The group's first record, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), is considered to be one of the best hip hop records of all time. They've even been called the greatest hip hop group of all time by more than one mainstream magazine, despite their dysfunctional relationship. Their independent single for "Protect Ya Neck" became an underground sensation on 1993, which led to a tour with Cypress Hill and later a record deal with Loud/RCA. However, the group wouldn't sign the deal until the label agreed to sign each member as a solo artist as well. The deal worked out pretty well for everybody in the end. There's no launch date for Wu-Tang: An American Saga, but casting and a production start date are expected to be launched soon. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report this news.