Variety has learned exclusively that Eddie Huang is set to direct a documentary about the rise and fall of Vice Media. The media outlet was valued at $5.7 billion in 2017 but filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May 2023.
Huang is known for his work on “Fresh Off the Boat,” an ABC sitcom adapted from his own autobiography. He also wrote and directed a film called Boogie, which told the story of a young Chinese-American basketball player.
But before he created a successful sitcom, Huang worked with Vice Media. He hosted four seasons of a show called “Huang’s World,” where he traveled around the world to learn about new foods and cultures.
“For the majority of my late-20s and 30s, I loved Vice,” Huang said in a statement, according to Variety. “It gave a generation of talent the opportunity to make things they didn’t have anywhere else.”
“Whether that was because we were weirdos, idiots or savants, I’m not sure, but Vice is broke. That’s the headline. A company worth an estimated $4 billion just a few years ago is now bankrupt. I want to know why.”
In an Instagram post announcing the documentary, Huang commented that Vice founder Shane Smith “should’ve paid me my Huang’s World residuals.”
According to Variety, the documentary is being “backed creatively and financially” by QC Entertainment. The production company has worked on films like “Get Out” and “BlacKkKlansman.”
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