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Read It Before They Screen It: Now the Hell Will Start

Spike Lee takes on WWII yet again with the adaptation of Now the Hell Will Start by Brendan I. Koerner.

Variety reports:

Nonfiction thriller, subtitled "One Soldier's Flight From the Greatest Manhunt of World War II," recounts the story of an African-American soldier who murdered his lieutenant and then fled into the Burmese jungle.

Book uses the soldier's story to explore how the U.S. military considered African-Americans unfit for combat and shipped thousands to India in 1944 to build the Ledo Road, a 500-mile project that extended through mountains into China.

"[A] fascinating, untold story of the Second World War," raves author George Pelecanos, "an incendiary social document, and a thrilling, campfire tale adventure."

Lee's previous World War II film was the adaptation of Miracle at St. Anna.

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