Tyler Perry is bringing the story of the 6888th Battalion, the only all-Black, all-female battalion in World War II to the Netflix with his upcoming film, Six Triple Eight.
The film is based on a WWII History Magazine article by Kevin M. Hymel detailing the story about the 6888th Battalion, who delivered mail to the soldiers overseas. Their story went untold for years until nearly 75 years later. President Joe Biden signed the bill for the women to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor from Congress, March 14 of this year.
According to the official synopsis:
Six Triple Eight tells the inspiring true story of the incredible and brave women of the only all-black, all-female World War 2 Battalion. These 855 women joined the war effort with little knowledge of what exactly they would be doing, but were quickly given the mission of a lifetime: sort through and fix the three-year backlog of undelivered mail. A herculean task, that most thought to be impossible, the women not only succeeded but did it in half the time they were given. Facing discrimination, unfamiliar land, and a war-torn country, they persevered and sorted over 17 million pieces of mail, reconnecting American soldiers with their families and loved ones back home. The motto that kept them going each day was one they created themselves: “No Mail, Low Morale.” The women of the 6888 weren’t just delivering mail, they were delivering hope.
The film will be his fourth film directed for Netflix under his overall deal.
Six Triple Eight will be produced by Perry as well as Nicole Avant for Her Excellency Productions, Intuition Production’s Keri Selig, Carlotta Espinosa, and Tyler Perry Studios’ Angi Bones and Tony Strickland.
This announcement also comes as Perry is still working on Sister Act 3, which he is producing.