Tyler Perry to Direct ‘Six Triple Eight’ for Netflix About All-Black, All-Female WWII Battalion

Tyler Perry will direct his next feature film for Netflix with Six Triple Eight, about the 6,888th battalion, the only all-black, all-female battalion in the World War II effort.

Perry is also the writer of the film, which is based on an article by Kevin M. Hymel published in WWII History Magazine by Sovereign Media.

Six Triple Eight tells the true story of the 855 women in the battalion who joined the war effort with little knowledge of what exactly they would be doing, but were quickly given the mission of a lifetime: sort through and fix the three-year backlog of undelivered mail. It was a herculean task, that most thought to be impossible, but the women not only succeeded but did it in half the time they were given. Facing discrimination, unfamiliar land and a war-torn country, they persevered and sorted more than 17 million pieces of mail, reconnecting American soldiers with their families and loved ones back home. The motto that kept them going each day was one they created themselves: “No Mail, Low Morale.”

The story of the 6,888th Postal Directory Battalion has been kept out of history books, ignored by the national spotlight, until now — nearly 75 years later. On March 14, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the bill for the women to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest honor.

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Six Triple Eight will mark Tyler Perry’s fourth film directed for Netflix following A Fall From Grace, A Madea Homecoming, which was in the top 10 in 43 countries, and A Jazzman’s Blues, which was in the top 10 in 55 countries, according to Netflix. 

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