On Monday, Disney+ announced that it had ordered American Born Chinese straight to series. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Tne Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton will direct and executive-produce the series. It is based on the award-winning comic by Gene Luen Yang (who also happens to be Marvel Comics’ current Shang-Chi series writer). Disney+ describes the show as “a genre-hopping action-comedy.” 20th Television produces the Disney Branded Television series. Emmy Award winner Kelvin Yu (Bob’s Burgers) and Charles Yu (Legion, Westworld) are writing and executive-producing the series. Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan (Doogie Kamealoha, M.D., Fresh Off the Boat, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Jumanji: The Next Level) are also executive-producing.
Asher Goldstein (Short Term 12, Just Mercy) and Gene Luen Yang are also executive producers. Kelvin Yu is the series’ showrunner.
Per Disney, American Born Chinese tells the story of Jin Wang, an average teenager juggling his high school social life with his immigrant home life. When he meets a new foreign student on the first day of the school year, even more worlds collide as Jin is unwittingly entangled in a battle of Chinese mythological gods. The show is a genre-hopping action-comedy that explores issues of identity, culture, and family.