50 Cent has confirmed that he and Eminem are developing a television series based on the critically acclaimed film 8 Mile.
The news was first rumored online, but 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, took to Instagram to confirm the reports.
In the caption of his post, he wrote, “Yeah and you thought i was PLAYING around, Im so serious man ! this is gonna be crazy. #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi.”
The picture he shared was a screenshot of an article published by Billboard that reported on the upcoming series.
In an interview with Big Boy TV earlier in the day, 50 Cent discussed the show and his motivation for bringing 8 Mile to television.
He said, “I wanna bring, I’m gonna bring, 8 Mile to television. 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.”
The rapper and actor explained that he wanted young kids to know about Eminem’s roots and his impact on the music industry.
He continued, “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 been a creative force behind several successful television shows, including the Starz series Power and its various spin-offs.
He has also appeared in two seasons of For Life, a crime drama that aired on ABC beginning in 2020.
8 Mile, which was released in 2002, tells the semi-autobiographical story of Eminem’s rise to fame.
The film starred the rapper, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, as Jimmy Smith Jr, a car factory worker struggling to gain respect on the underground rap circuit.
It also featured Kim Basinger, Michael Shannon, and Anthony Mackie, with small roles for rappers Xzibit, Proof, and Obie Trice.
The film was a critical and commercial success, winning several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself” in 2003.