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May 20, 2019

Wu-Tang Clan will get a new Hulu drama series

October 11, 2018
Wu-Tang Clan members RZA (left) and Inspectah Deck (right) will both help shape the upcoming Hulu drama series, “Wu-Tang: An American Saga.” (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Hulu is about to “Bring da Ruckus.”

The streaming service has ordered up 10 episodes of a new drama series centered around Wu-Tang Clan, the Staten Island bred hip hop group that shot to fame in the mid-‘90s.

Called “Wu-Tang: An American Saga,” it’ll be created and written by Wu-Tang Clan leader The RZA and Alex Tse, the screenwriter behind films like “SuperFly,” “Watchmen” and “Sucker Free City.”

The upcoming series that’s yet to have a release date will “explore and expand the world of the Wu-Tang Clan,” according to Hulu.

“Wu-Tang through our music has always strove to inspire as we entertain,” The RZA said in a statement. “This opportunity to continue the Wu – Saga in a 10-episode series will exponentially increase our inspirational style of entertainment.”

The show — inspired by The RZA’s books “The Wu-Tang Manual” and “Tao of Wu” — will be set in early ’90s New York City at the height of the crack epidemic. It’ll focus on how the group was formed, “a vision of Bobby Diggs aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories,” a Hulu release reads.

Wu-Tang Clan’s lauded 1993 debut studio album, “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers),” has sold more than two million copies in the U.S. and included songs like “Bring da Ruckus,” “Protect Ya Neck,” “Method Man” and “C.R.E.A.M.”

The record was followed up with six more studio albums including “Wu-Tang Forever” (1997), “The W” (2000) and “8 Diagrams” (2007).

“Wu-Tang: An American Saga” will be executive produced by Wu-Tang Clan’s The RZA and Method Man, along with Tse and “Empire” producers Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.

“I’ve been a fan of Wu-Tang since the mid-90’s and recognized quickly how significant Wu-Tang and The RZA were to the world of hip-hop music and culture,” Grazer said. “Over the years I’ve gotten to know RZA and it’s clear that he is the soul and storyteller of Wu-Tang. Working with RZA and Alex Tse on this series has been a highlight of my career and Hulu is the perfect partner to bring this story to a global audience.”

Other members of the Wu-Tang Clan, including Ghostface Killa, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, GZA and the Estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who died in 2004 of a drug overdose, will be consulting producers.

“The Wu Tang clan has made an immeasurable contribution to music and our popular culture,” Craig Erwich, Hulu’s senior vice president of Originals, said in a statement. “Their unique musical form and authentic storytelling continues to speak to our times.”

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