50 Cent has announced plans to continue his business venture with gaming company THQ by developing a film based on the gangster-themed video game Saints Row.
The G-Unit leader revealed his plans on Tuesday (February 24).
“With my relationship with THQ, they’ll actually see me develop Saints Row into an actual screenplay and into a film project,” Fif said. “I’m optioning the rights for that right now, so they’ll see that before they see me do it from my own perspective for my game.” (Wired)
50 recently launched his own film production company Cheetah Vision and is reportedly scheduling a line-up of upcoming projects.
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson said Cheetah Vision had already bought eight scripts. “They are all different types of movies that I bought the rights to, and we’re developing projects,” 50 said in an interview. “You will see different things from me in the future…I don’t think [the economy] will affect me as much as it will the other people that are out there because I’m not afraid to finance some of these things myself if I have to.” (Reuters)
Along with bringing the popular video game franchise to the big screen, 50’s new game Blood on the Sand also hit stores on Tuesday.
The latest takes 50 to a Middle Eastern-looking city to chase down a crystal skull that’s been stolen from him and his crew. The new game has 18 unreleased 50 tracks, plus hits from several G-Unit and 50 albums and a score from Swizz Beatz. “The game is an intense experience,” 50 said. It was developed by the British studio Swordfish, but it’s 50 who came up with the skull bit. “The crystal skull actually exists,” he said. “It’s a diamond, an artifact.” (MTV News)
The Saints Row franchise has been beneficial in THQ’s recent financial success.
Saints Row and Company of Heroes are largely to thank for THQ’s substantial profit increases. In its quarterly financial statement released today, November 3, 2006, THQ noted the exceptional sale of both titles directly lead to positive readjustments of the company’s financial outlook. With high expectations for upcoming releases including WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw 2007 and The Sopranos, THQ raised its fiscal 2007 projections from $900-950 million to $925-$975 million. (IGN Entertainment Games)
No information has been released yet on what 50’s role with the upcoming Saint Rows film project will be.