50 Cent To Executive Produce Starz Drama Series ‘Power’

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50 Cent Starz Power Original Series 50 Cent To Executive Produce Starz Drama Series Power

Starz’ popular Spartacus series may have ended, but that is not stopping the premium cable channel from aggressively moving forward with several new original series. Besides the swashbuckling pirate show Black Sails, we will be seeing the medieval-England series The White Queen, along with the fantasy series Outlander.

Now, reports are in that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson will be executive producing the drama series Power, created by Courtney Kemp Agboh (The Good Wife), who will serve as showrunner.

According to Deadline, Jackson will be joined by producers Mark Canton (300) and Randall Emmett (End Of Watch). The show will follow a nightclub owner named James “Ghost” St. Patrick, whose dream of building a Fortune 500 empire is complicated by his secret life as a major drug kingpin. Says Starz CEO Chris Albrecht:

“Curtis has a unique and specific vision for the series, lending it an authenticity and voice rarely seen. Courtney has created a rich world and characters not often explored in contemporary drama. There is a rawness and soul to the character of Ghost as he struggles to live between these two worlds.”

Jackson came up with the idea for the show with Canton and Emmett and then approached Agboh, whose work on The Good Wife brought in CBS TV Studios, who will be producing Power for Starz. According to Canton, “Curtis wanted to do a modern family drama and a show with music as integral component.” There are no details on whether or not Jackson will be playing the main character, but along with executive producing and providing several original songs, he will be appearing at some point.

According to showrunner Agboh, Power will explore,

“a world of beauty, luxury, danger and death, all against the struggle of one man to define his nature and his soul. While the power and peril of Ghost’s world are specific, we hope to address the truly universal questions we all face when we look in the mirror: who am I? Where am I going? Who do I want to become?”

The Wire cast 50 Cent To Executive Produce Starz Drama Series Power

While Showtime and HBO seem to stay within their proven ground when it comes to their original series (Game of Thrones being a notable exception), Starz has set up a variety of different genres, from period drama (Magic City) to The White Queen‘s 15th century England to the high-seas action of Black Sails. Power sounds like their attempt to rival something like Breaking Bad, or perhaps an inverted version of HBO’s The Wire – the big-city setting points toward the latter, and 50 Cent’s name and brand recognition will definitely draw in an initial audience.

The producers and showrunner involved have experience producing solid content, and while The Good Wife can slide into melodrama, it’s a smart and sophisticated show. With Courtney Kemp Agboh taking the reins for the show’s initial eight-episode order, Power could be worth a look.

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No details on casting or a premiere date for Power yet, but stay tuned.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Half the cast are going to rappers. Well, at least 50 cent finally found some steady work!

    • That sounds ignorant as hell!

  2. Maybe 50 could add some of his know-how from his former “job” as a drug dealer because, to be honest, there has never been an authentic show/movie about Americas biggest illegal market. Breaking Bad and The Wire were great but unrealistic.

    • I can’t tell you about Breaking Bad, but I grew up in in NY during the crack era, and believe me, The Wire was realistic and it wasn’t half as bad as what I saw. Not to mention, many of the characters/ experiences were an amalgam of different real life people and their experiences from cops to street guys.

    • Breaking Bad takes some stories from the book Albuquerque Breaking Bad which is based on a real life event. Some of the stuff on the show is over exaggerated and some of the stuff is real. The Wire based on what people in the enforcement area have said is pretty realistic as well. Yes, 50 Cent can add some knowledge back from his old days but his current track record in the film industry isn’t all that convincing. His acting makes Kristen Stewart’s acting look Oscar worthy. If he’s just there simply to add some opinion on what he went through in his past then I could see it working as him being an executive producer. I like Emmett and Canton though but we shall see

  3. This is so typical of Big Box Media to make a show based off the “modern family” making it to a fortune 500 company in the day while selling drugs at night. Hollywood can keep trying to shove this image into the minds of young black men & the entire world that we have to sell drugs to make it in this world. We as a people have evolved from that era of “crack dealing” We are business owners, Real Estate Tycoons, Moguls, Chef’s, Designers, Lawyers, Accountants, Doctors, Teachers, just to name a few. So Mr. Curtis “50cent” Jackson, please stop trying to re-live your crack dealing days through the minds of our youth. It’s the new millennium, seems that you all are stuck in the 90′s with this “started from drug dealing” theme.

    Try Again
    Mgmt.

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