Disney Plus has greenlit “American Born Chinese,” a series based on Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel of the same name.
The action-comedy follows Jin Wang, a teenager juggling his high school social life with his immigrant home life. When Jin meets a new foreign exchange student on the first day of school, their worlds collide as Jin becomes entangled in a battle of Chinese mythological gods. Identity, culture and family are themes throughout.
“American Born Chinese” is written and executive produced by Kelvin and Charles Yu, along with Melvin Mar, Jake Kasdan, Asher Goldstein and Yang. Destin Daniel Cretton serves as director and executive producer. “American Born Chinese” is produced by 20th Television. Mar and Kasdan were previously executive producers on the ABC comedy series “Fresh Off the Boat.” They and their Detective Agency production company are currently under an overall deal at 20th TV.