Posted by : Robert Child Wednesday
The book, which is based on the story of the “Wereth Eleven”, retraces the steps eleven black GI's from the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion took when Germans at the start of the Battle of the Bulge overran their unit. Their 10-mile trek from their battery position to Wereth, Belgium would be the last journey of their lives as a local resident turned them in to an SS scouting party. Subsequently all eleven were butchered and killed in one of the least understood, as well as unknown, war crimes of WWII.
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Black Rabbit Entertainment Group, principal, Kenneth Labossiere initiated the deal, which was negotiated by literary agent, Greg Johnson at WordServe Literary. Mr. Labossiere says, “We were looking for strong stories that showed the courage and patriotism of the African-American soldier, and The Lost Eleven had every element for a breakout theatrical production.”
Robert Child stated, “When Denise and I dove into the writing we agreed that it should have a feel very much like the film, Glory, which featured Denzel Washington. Washington won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in his role as Pvt. Trip. Essentially, The Lost Eleven, is Glory set in WWII. A band of African American soldiers become brothers and meet a tragic fate while fighting for their freedom.”
"The action-packed and suspenseful true story of these courageous African-American soldiers," Denise George added, "will touch deeply the hearts of all Americans and show heroism at its finest."
Child continued, “A movie version of the story was also the desire of my fellow producer on The Wereth Eleven, documentary, Joseph Small. Joe who passed away in 2016 was adamant that the widest audience possible should see this story. In the early days of putting the Wereth documentary together Joe even brought the story to attention of executives at DreamWorks. A Lost Eleven movie would truly be the fulfillment of his dream.”
For more information, contact Black Rabbit Entertainment or Greg Johnson at WordServe Literary (email@example.com).
Watch the Wereth Eleven filmmaking team in a "making of" panel discussion at the National WWII Museum.