Starz and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson are reteaming on two drama projects, expanding the producer and rapper’s portfolio at the premium cable outlet.
Jackson’s G-Unit Film and Television are developing a show about a woman sports agent — based on the life of agent and lawyer Nicole Lynn — and a potential anthology about hip hop, with the first season devoted to a feud between 50 Cent and The Game. Both are produced by Starz parent Lionsgate Television, where Jackson has an overall deal.
Jackson continues to be a key supplier for Starz, serving as an executive producer of the Power franchise and the forthcoming Black Mafia Family, which earned a straight-to-series pickup earlier in the year.
The sports agent project comes from writer Tash Grey (Power Book III: Raising Kanan, FX’s Snowfall) and will follow the rise of a determined young African-American woman as she breaks through and climbs to the top of the highly competitive and male dominated world of sports agents. It is inspired by events that shaped Nicole Lynn on her path to becoming the first Black woman to represent a top 3 NFL draft pick, a fierce advocate for her legal clients, and a breath of fresh air in an industry dominated by men.
Lynn will be an exec producer on the project with Grey and Jackson. Lynn was repped in the deal by attorney Elsa Ramo; Grey is repped by Adesuwa McCalla at Metamorphic Entertainment and Kaplan-Stahler.
The anthology series, Moment in Time: The Massacre, will explore the true stories in which iconic hip hop moments collided with the sensational and sometimes criminal events behind-the-scenes. The first season would depict how tension between 50 Cent and The Game led to an all-out street war, pitting G-Unit against music impresario Jimmy Henchman and resulting in a murder-for-hire plot and Henchman serving a life sentence in prison.
Abdul Williams (The New Edition Story, The Bobby Brown Story) is writing and executive producing with Jackson. Williams is repped by ICM, Jon Huddle at Fourth Wall Management and attorney Bonnie Berry LaMon of B2L Entertainment Law.
Jackson is repped by APA and attorneys Eric Feig and Stephen Savva. G-Unit head of development Anil Kurian will help develop the two projects, while Kathryn Tyus-Adair is overseeing for Starz.