Tuesday, February 03, 2009


Spike Lee keeps his mind on war times with his latest acquisition - securing the rights Brendan Koerner's World War II novel "Now the Hell Will Start." According to Variety, the nonfiction thriller recounts the story of a black soldier who murdered his lieutenant and then fled into the Burmese jungle.

The book uses the soldier's story to explore how the U.S. military considered blacks unfit for combat and shipped thousands to India in 1944 to build the Ledo Road, a 500-mile project that extended through mountains into China.

The book was published last year by Penguin Press and is Koerner's first.