HBO Max has won an auction and committed to a put pilot on Chinos, an original animated series idea from Fresh Off the Boat’s Eddie Huang. The writer/producer (and food personality) is executive producing the series with his producing partner Raf Martinez, acclaimed tattoo artist Dr. Woo and comics artist/designer Bernard Chang, who will also serve as art director.
“Chinos is a show that will shatter the model minority myth and hopefully usher in a generation of Asian American storytellers that do not feel beholden to the expectations of others,” Huang told Deadline. “It is a project that seeks to shine a light on our singularity as individuals and the shared problems that bring us together as a community. Even my mom approved of this deal, excited to do this with HBO Max.”
Audiences will witness the urban subcultures of Los Angeles through the lens of the Asian-American experience with Chinos. The show “will shatter the model minority myth and hopefully usher in a generation of Asian American storytellers that do not feel beholden to the expectations of others,” Huang added.
Huang is currently in post on Boogie, the film he directed for Focus Features with Taylour Paige, Taylor Takahashi, Domenick Lombardozzi and Mike Moh starring with the late Pop Smoke. He will direct Elephant Mountain in Taiwan, based on his original idea.