Starting the second week of September Hulu streaming service will show Wu-Tang: An American Saga, a 10 episode series telling the story of the iconic nine-member rap group. As Digital Music News (DMN) reports, the series written by screenwriter Alex Tse is based on a series of books RZA wrote about the group’s existence.
Originally, the idea was to model this series based on Straight Outta Compton, but RZA, as DMN points out, “wanted to tell the full story of how the group straddled the gap between music and crime in Staten Island.” The producer and original member of the group felt that even a three-hour movie wouldn’t be enough, so he and Tse developed this series: “The Wu-Tang story is vast and you really couldn’t contain it in a two or three-hour movie. Now, in a serial form, we can take our time and tell our story. The high and low nuances of it. Hopefully, it’ll inform, entertain and inspire.”
For his part, screenwriter Tse said that according to him, the series does the group justice. He also expressed hope that the audience will respond positively to the series so that a second season could be filmed. “I don’t think nine dudes from the U.K. could come together and call themselves Wu-Tang. That’s only stuff that happens in America.”
Wu-Tang: An American Saga premieres on September 4th and the cast is as follows: Shameik Moore as Raekwon, Ashton Sanders as RZA, Dave East as Method Man, TJ Atoms as Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Siddiq Saunderson as Ghostface Killah, and Johnell Young as GZA.