FX Developing A New Series About Benihana Founder Hiroaki Aoki
Disney’s FX is developing a brand new series called “American Hiro”, which is based on the book “Making It in America: The Life and Times of Rocky Aoki” by Jack McCallum.
Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki, is best known as the founder of the Benihana restaurant chain, which has over 100 restaurants worldwide.
This series is about the life of Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki and it will take a look at Aoki’s colourful life as a mogul and businessman, from founding Benihana to being an Olympic wrestler, professional speed boat racer, hot-air balloonist, and nightclub impresario. The series will also examine his complicated relationship with his family and his attempts to reconcile his Japanese heritage with his American dreams.
“American Hiro” will be created by Jonathan Abrams, who will also be an executive producer. Aoki’s children, Steve and Devon, will also be executive producers on the show. Jon M. Chu and Caitlin Fioto will executive produce on behalf of Electric Somewhere. Five All in the Fifth Entertainment’s Douglas Banker will also executive produce, with Five All having originated the project. YMU Group’s Matt Colon and Dougie Bohay, managers for Steve Aoki, will both executive produce.
20th Television Studios is creating the series, so we should expect to see the series available on Hulu in the United States and as a Star Original on Disney+ internationally.
Source – Variety