Wilmer Valderrama Acquires ‘Patriots from the Barrio’ by Dave Gutierrez


Deadline reported, Wilmer Valderrama’s studio WV Entertainment has bought the film and TV rights of 2014 book Patriots from the Barrio by Dave Gutierrez. 

The book is about the history of U.S. Army segregation during World War II which unit predominately include Mexican Americans from South Texas.

You can read the full details of the film and the book below: 


Gutierrez’s book came about while he was researching a relative, Ramon G. Gutierrez, who during the war was captured and escaped twice, both times able to make it back across Allied lines. He later received the Silver Star and three Purple Hearts, and the Soviet Union gave him the Order of the Patriotic War. His Company E in the 36th Division fought in Italy at San Pietro in the Liri Valley, and in 1944 was nearly wiped out in the Battle of Ripaldo River, one of the U.S. Army’s biggest losses of WWII.


“During Hispanic Heritage Month, this story is especially timely, and I’m honored as a proud Latin American to amplify the courage and contributions of these incredible men,” Valderrama said.