Spike Lee will shoot an Italy-set World War II drama based on “Miracle at St. Anna,” U.S. author Walter McBride’s novel about black American soldiers fighting the German army in the mountains of Tuscany.
Variety says the project is about the true tale of four members of the U.S. army’s 92nd division of all-black soldiers, who in 1944 became trapped in a Tuscan village, as they contended with their racist, incompetent commanders and the Nazis.
“This is a big-budget project which will feature a mostly American cast,” Italian producer Luigi Musini said.
McBride, who besides “Miracle” is author of bestselling memoir “The Color of Water,” is writing the screenplay. Casting is being decided.
The plan is to start shooting next year on Tuscan WWII combat locations.