Writer and producer Marilyn Fu is bringing Vincent Chin’s story to life in a limited series from Amazon Studios and First Look Media’s Topic Studios.
Chin, 27, was killed in 1982 in Detroit by two former autoworkers who believed he was Japanese and responsible for taking their jobs.
According to Variety, the series has not yet been titled and the script is still being written.
Fu, known for “The Sisterhood of Night” and “The Honor List” says she is “excited” to “tell this story with such a force of Asian Americans on board.”
“Now more than ever, Vincent’s story has so much to show us about racism in our country,” said Fu. “This series is a rallying call, a voice for the silenced, a chance for people to see themselves reflected in those they cross the street to avoid. This is how we can cut through the violence — by sharing our pain and acknowledging our collective humanity. Vincent’s death catalyzed important legacies, but at the end of the day, he was a human being with hopes and dreams just like me and you.”
Destin Daniel Cretton, director of the upcoming Marvel film “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings,” has reportedly been asked to join the crew as the director and an executive producer. Mynette Louie, Topic Studios’ Quan Phung, and Albert Cheng from Amazon are also part of the team.
I’ve known about the #VincentChin story since I was a kid. It greatly impacted my views about race & class in America. When Marilyn sent me the 1st draft of her pilot 3 yrs ago, I read it and sobbed. Since then, it’s been a long journey of finding… 1/ https://t.co/2WKYldLLC4
— Mynette Louie (@mynette) May 4, 2021
“The limited series format gives us a big canvas to tell this story which is not just about Vincent the man and the injustice of his death, but about capitalism, politics, white supremacy, community, solidarity and our shared humanity,” shared Mynette Louie in a tweet. “I’m so thrilled to be working with an Asian American all-star team on this.”
In April 2020, actress Gemma Chan also announced she was collaborating with A-Major Media and M88 to produce a podcast and audio table read based on Chin’s murder.