Tyler Perry has set his fourth film at Netflix with Six Triple Eight.
Perry will write, direct and produce Six Triple Eight which is based on the true story of the 6888th battalion. It was the only all-black, all-female battalion in the World War II effort.
Six Triple Eight will tell of the “855 women who 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.”
Perry is adapting the feature film from Kevin M. Hymel’s article about the 6888th battalion, published in WWII History Magazine by Sovereign Media.
Until recently, little had been documented about the 6888th Postal Directory Battalion.
However on March 14, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the bill for the women to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest honor.
Perry teased the project to Variety in August, saying his next movie was going to feature “some incredible people that were overlooked for years.”
Nicole Avant is also producing for Her Excellency Productions. As well as Keri Selig for Intuition Productions, Carlota Espinosa, Angi Bones, and Tony Strickland for Tyler Perry Studios
Peter Guber of Mandalay Pictures will serve as executive producer.
Prior to Six Triple Eight, Perry released A Fall From Grace, A Madea Homecoming, and A Jazzman’s Blues on the streamer. He also appeared in Adam McKay’s satire Don’t Look Up.