News: 50 Cent Brings "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'" Dark Reality To Life

Monday, Jun 17, 2013 7:40AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

G-Unit's 50 Cent continues to prove there is no part of the entertainment industry he is unaware of by attaching himself to an upcoming new television series called "Power."

According to reports, Curtis Jackson will serve as an executive producer on the premium movie channel giant Starz.

Starz said on Friday that it was picking up a new drama series called "Power," which is set in the shadowy world of New York City night life and whose executive producers include 50 Cent (who is also known by his civilian name, Curtis Jackson). "Power" is created by Courtney Kemp Agboh, a producer of "The Good Wife," and chronicles a fictional nightclub owner named James St. Patrick, known as Ghost. But while he dreams of success, Ghost is living a double life: "When he is not in the club," says a Starz news release, "he is the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York for a very high-level clientele. His marriage, family and business all become unknowingly threatened as he is tempted to leave his criminal life behind and become the rags-to-riches businessman he wants to be most of all." (New York Times)

Fif even dished out how the series will draw close connections to his 2003 studio debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin' release.

Mr. Jackson, who grew up in Queens, N.Y., and worked as a drug dealer before pursuing his hip-hop career, said in a telephone interview that "Power" will continue to explore themes and ideas introduced on his breakthrough 2005 album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'." "I intentionally created a project that had all the dysfunctional behaviors that were around the environment I was from," Mr. Jackson said of that album. "It was a representation of everything." "Power," Mr. Jackson said, will "not shy away from what really goes on." He added: "In the small print in the newspaper every day, there's a list of things that are happening, that are not actually being covered on the front page." (New York Times)

The gritty series is expected to begin filming later this year.

The new series seems to hold a special place in Jackson's heart, as he stated, "This is a passion project for me, and I couldn't be more thrilled to have found a home with Starz. I look forward to working with this incredibly talented team on making Power a hit show." The first season of Power will contain eight hour-long episodes and will begin filming in late 2013. (MXDWN)

Aside from this project, the rap star recently revealed plans to possibly put out a reality show based on his love for boxing.

Jackson's fighters are all talented, but not many people outside of boxing have heard of them. So now he has to draw on the marketing genius that made him a millionaire in hip-hop, apparel and even flavored water. He's making certain that Gamboa, a Cuban defector, learns English. He's scheming up a TV reality show, a la The Ultimate Fighter. He also intends to change the current fight card paradigm. "I want to do away with the main event," he says. "I want the entire card itself to be the main event. Not just the last fight." Another thing he gets: the power of his own Q rating. "Due to the competitive nature of hip-hop, there are people who want to see 50 Cent fail," he says. "So those people will tune in to see if Billy Dib loses -- and that's a vital connection through pop culture." (ESPN)

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