After smashing box office records with Shang-Chi, Disney and Destin Daniel Cretton are re-teaming on another iconic Asian American comic book. This time, the critically acclaimed and award-winning graphic novel, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, will see new life as a series on Disney+, helmed and produced by Cretton.
Kelvin Yu, the actor and Emmy-winning writer of Bob’s Burgers will serve as show runner alongside Charles Yu (Westworld). The series will also be executive produced by Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan (Fresh Off the Boat), Asher Goldstein (Just Mercy), and Yang.
“Gene Luen Yang’s book is a staple in American literature, and deeply important to a whole generation of readers,” commented Yu. “Destin and Melvin are storytellers working at the highest level imaginable. It’s all so exciting and so humbling to be a part of.”
“I feel so lucky to be working with this team. Melvin Mar is a man with a vision, and I’m deeply grateful that he took this project under his wing. Kelvin Yu is a phenomenal talent. His script brings to television everything I wanted to get across in my book,” said Yang in a press release. “And Destin Cretton… who in America isn’t a fan of Destin Cretton right now? I can’t wait for him to bring his signature blend of action and heart to the show. When I was in high school, I was such a big Disney fan that I had at least one Mickey Mouse item on me at all times: a wallet, a watch, a belt buckle, a t-shirt, something. Being a part of Disney+ is a dream come true.”