Tyler Perry Sets ‘Six Triple Eight’ Movie to Netflix: Everything We Know So Far

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Multiple production listings suggest Tyler Perry is working on a new movie at Netflix. Six triple eight will be Tyler Perry’s first time producing and directing a historical war drama that tells the story of the six triple eight, the only all-black female unit to serve in WW2.

Six triple eight is an upcoming historical war drama film written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry. Production is being handled by Perry’s studio, The Tyler Perry Company, and it will be the studio’s first time producing a war drama.

Producers on the project alongside Perry include Angi Bones (The House Next Door), Peter Gruber, Nicole Avant (Wag the Dog), Keri Selig (Passengers), and Carlota Espinosa.

What is the plot of Six triple eight?

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The synopsis for Six triple eight taken from Production Weekly:

“During the height of the World War II conflict around 1943, difficulties in the war led to a change in priorities, and much of the mail previously reaching soldiers on the front lines has been discontinued. As warehouses overflow with unfulfilled deliveries, soldiers’ hopes are dashed as they lose contact with their families back home. To solve this problem, the 6888th Battalion – the all-black battalion of the Women’s Army Corps with over 800 female soldiers – is sent to take on the impossible challenge of sorting through years’ worth of overdue mail. Even as senior military officials hope the plan fails, the Six Triple Eight are determined to bring hope to soldiers and families around the world.”

What was the 6888th Battalion?

The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, nicknamed the “Six Triple Eight”, served as an all-black United States Army battalion in the Woman’s Army Corps in WW2.

The battalion, consisting of five companies, had 855 personnel, including enlisted personnel and officers. The Six Triple Eight was the first all-female, all-black battalion to be sent overseas during WWII.

Its purpose was to help the United States military, which had lost a significant shortage of soldiers to manage the mail service due to the war.

After participating in basic training in Georgia, the battalion was transported to Britain in February 1945. Arriving in Birmingham, at the temporary post office, the battalion’s job was to sort the mail which was estimated to be backlog of 17 million items, some of which had been at the post office for two years.

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The monumental task was supposed to take six months to complete, but thanks to the hard work, intelligence and perseverance of the Six Triple Eight, it only took three months. Not only had they completed the backlog of the US military, but also the backlog of the UK and France.

With the Birmingham task completed, the battalion was sent across the English Channel into liberated France to Rouen to clear another backlog. In October 1945 the Roeun backlog was completed.

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The battalion would take part in a parade ceremony in which Joan of Arc was executed before being lodged in a luxury hotel in Paris, where all remaining members would receive first-class service. By this point the war had ended, the battalion had been reduced by 300 and a further 200 would be discharged from service in January 1946.

On the battalions’ return to the United States in February 1946, it would be disbanded at Fort Dix, New Jersey. At the time, there was no public recognition of their military service.

Many years later, in February 2009, the battalion would be honored at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Three former members of the unit would be in attendance, Alyce Dixon, Mary Ragland and Gladys Shuster Carter. In the same year, Ragland and Dixon would be honored by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Six Triple Eight veterans Maybelle Tanner Campbell (left) and Indiana Hunt-Martin (right) at the 2019 National Memorial Day Parade

Who are the cast members of Six triple eight?

At the time of writing, no cast members have been announced Six triple eight.

What is the production status of Six triple eight?

In issue #1327 of Production Weekly, filming is scheduled between January 9 and April 6, 2023.

Netflix did not respond to a request for comment for this article.

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