News: After Ja Rule Face-Off, 50 Cent Makes His "Power" Move
Monday, Nov 25, 2013 8:31AM
G-Unit leader 50 Cent is working hard during this holiday season as reports claim he has already started to clock in time for his new Power television series.
While details are still scarce, reports claim production for the STARZ program has begun.
The forthcoming TV series Power, which will be executive produced by and co-star 50 Cent, has begun production. The show, which has been picked up by the STARZ network, recently began shooting in New York City. Power will depict the tale of James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a wealthy club owner who is trying to shake his drug dealing past. Patrick will be played by Omari Hardwick. The series will also feature 3LW member Naturi Naughton (Notorious), Lela Loren (Gang Related), Joseph Sikora (Boardwalk Empire), and La La Anthony. Fif has procured the role of Kanan, the best friend of the main character. The series is set to debut in 2014. (XXL Mag)
Buzz behind Curtis Jackson landing an executive producer role on the series bubbled online last summer.
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 previously dished out how the series would 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 was expected to begin filming 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)