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Actor Freeman plans war tribute
Morgan Freeman
Freeman said there were few stories of black involvement in the war
Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman is planning a film based on the World War II exploits of an all-black military unit in the US Army.

The film will tell the story of the 761st Tank Battalion, which saw action in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.

"There are no stories of heroic black soldiers. For all intents and purposes, there are no stories of blacks in World War II," said Freeman.

It will be written by Gregory Allen Howard, who wrote Remember the Titans.

"The world has no idea that there were black units in the war," Freeman said.

"I want to focus on the heroism of these men, to highlight the input of these men, how well they fought and how well they did."

The film will focus on the relationship between two soldiers in the unit. One is a tough black soldier from Detroit and the other a college-educated white officer.

The film will be made by the studio Dreamworks, which is part-owned by Jaws and Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg.

The studio has already made Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan and the TV series Band of Brothers.

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