Within the career trajectory of a successful mainstream rap artist, the music itself often becomes only one of a series of business ventures. Rapper 50 Cent – aka Curtis Jackson -- is one of the best examples of this entrepreneurial spirit. Beyond releasing six studio albums, Jackson’s business sense has guided him into a huge list of endorsements and investments. He owns his own record label, clothing company, book-publishing imprint and has repeatedly made forays into the world of movie making.
Most recently, Jackson has become known for his work in television. He produces and appears in the Starz TV series Power, about a New York City nightclub owner who’s also a drug kingpin.
With all this on his plate it wouldn’t seem like 50 Cent has the time for writing, but surprisingly enough, that’s exactly what else he’d been doing as of late. Variety reports that Jackson has entered into development with Starz on a series he wrote, called Tomorrow, Today. The series is described as a superhero drama and Jackson also plans to executive produce. In a statement regarding the new series, Jackson had this to say:
“I am looking forward to continuing my relationship with my Starz family, we have had great success together on ‘Power’ and I am excited to get going on all of our upcoming projects together. I knew Starz would be the perfect home for ‘Tomorrow, Today.’ This project is very personal to me… creating it, writing it, finding the best team for it and I will continue to be involved every step of the way.”
The series tells the story of a wrongly imprisoned war veteran from the south side of Chicago, who becomes the subject of a prison doctor’s crazed experiments. The doctor’s goal is to create the perfect killing machine in the form of a man. When the veteran is released from prison, he finds himself on the run in a hostile world – one in which he is a target and one in which he must use his newfound abilities for good. Tomorrow, Today will be the second series that Jackson’s production company G-Unit Films and Television Inc. is currently developing – the other being the A&E variety series 50 Cent Presents.
With the current widespread popularity of both superhero films and television, there very well could be an audience for Tomorrow, Today. Although the series synopsis sounds reminiscent of Marvel's Luke Cage, Jackson’s involvement in Power proves that his skills as a producer can bring about a hit. That being said, developing a series based entirely on his own script is new territory for the rapper. This isn’t to say that he can’t write – after all, he has written novels and two films.
As far as TV networks go, Starz has managed to maintain a quality slate of programming as of late, so their confidence in Tomorrow, Today should be taken into consideration by those who might find themselves skeptical. Jackson’s series might not be Marvel or DC, but it could just as easily end up finding an audience just like Power has.
Screen Rant will keep you up to date on future developments of Tomorrow, Today.