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Starz is locking in 50 Cent.
The premium cable channel on Monday announced it has extended its overall deal with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who already stars in and executive produces the crime drama Power for the network. The new pact will keep Starz the rapper’s television home for another year — through September 2018.
Under the expanded agreement, Jackson will develop new projects for the cabler via his newly launched production company G-Unit Film & Television. He is, in fact, already developing his next project for Starz as part of the deal: Tomorrow, Today, a superhero vigilante series based on a screenplay he penned.
The drama will follow a veteran from the south side of Chicago who, after being falsely imprisoned, becomes the personal experiment of a mad prison doctor trying to create the perfect man — and an unstoppable killing machine. Set free, but on the run, the veteran must reconcile with the world that has turned against him and use his newfound abilities for good.
“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,” Jackson said in a statement. “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.”
Added Carmi Zlotnik, managing director of Starz: “We’re excited to develop this series with Curtis to showcase his producing skills with this unique storyline.”
Anthony Cipriano (Bates Motel) and Dan Kay (I.T.) will executive produce Tomorrow, Today, with Kirkland Morris serving as producer. Cipriano, Kay and Morris also will write on the series. For Starz, senior vp original programming Ken Segna and director original programming Patrick McDonald will be the executives in charge.
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