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07th Jan 2023

50 Cent confirms he and Eminem are developing TV show based on 8 Mile

Steve Hopkins

‘This is gonna be crazy’

50 Cent and Eminem are developing a series based on the hit film 8 Mile to secure the Lose Yourself rapper’s “legacy” with younger generations.

The 47-year-old In da Club rapper confirmed on Friday that he and his 50-year-old friend and mentor are heading back to Detroit after rumours that the pair were working together began circulating online.

“Yeah and you thought I was playing around, Im so serious man! this is gonna be crazy. #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi,” 50 Cent, real name Curtis James Jackson III, wrote on Instagram.

The picture he shared with the post showed a screenshot of an article published by Billboard reporting the news the pair are revisiting the 2002 hit.

Earlier in the day, the father-of-two broke the news during an interview with Big Boy TV.

“I wanna bring, I’m gonna bring, 8 Mile to television,” he said.

“It’s gonna be big. I’m working. I ain’t got no duds. I’m batting 100. I think it should be there for his legacy because it’s important to me that they understand it.”

50 Cent appeared to be referring to his long-running series ‘Power’ as well as its various spinoffs Power Book II: Ghost, Power Book III: Raising Kanan and Power Book IV: Force.

He said the main reason he wanted to make the show was to make sure young kids new about Eminem’s roots and his impact, saying: “I think it should be there for his legacy, because if you don’t see… it’s important to me that they understand it, you know what I mean?”

50 cent has also appeared in two seasons of For Life, a crime drama that ran on ABC in 2020.

8 Mile was a semi-autobiographical story about Eminem’s own rise to fame and he starred as Jimmy Smith Jr, a car factory worker struggling to gain respect on the underground rap circuit.

The film, which also starred Kim Basinger, Michael Shannon and Anthony Mackie, and rappers Xzibit, Proof and Obie Trice, won Best Original Song for ‘Lose Yourself’ at the Oscars in 2003.

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