50 Cent revealed that he and “Not Afraid” artiste Eminem are adapting the semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile for television.
50 cent stated of the project in an interview with BigBoyTV on Friday, “We’re in motion.” “It’s gonna be big… You know, I ain’t got no duds.”
The multihyphenate (actual name: Curtis Jackson) claimed that Eminem’s enthusiasm in turning the 2002 film into a series required little convincing. “I think it should be there for his legacy, because if you don’t see… it’s important to me that they understand it,” the rapper said.
However, this does not imply that components of the next program will play out exactly as they did in the film. 50 Cent stated, comparing it to the 2022 drama Bel-Air, Peacock’s reworking of the popular NBC comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, “It’s a modern version,”
“I wanna be able to show and offer a lot more details — things that you would say in an interview or different things that you’ve already used that you put out there and stuff like that,” he said. “You’ll see those things kind of surface in the temperament of the characters.”
50 Cent and Eminem’s representatives did not immediately reply to EW’s request for comment.
The original 8 Mile, directed by Curtis Hanson, follows Jimmy (Eminem), a Detroit rapper trying to break into the local hip-hop scene. The picture, which starred Kim Basinger, Michael Shannon, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, and Anthony Mackie, was an instant box-office blockbuster, and its soundtrack topped the Billboard album charts.
“8 Mile is a hip-hop fable built around bits and pieces of Eminem’s life and mythology, but it has an unruly immediacy all its own,” former EW critic Owen Gleiberman wrote in his 2002 review. “Even when the script is only adequate, Hanson’s staging is joltingly alive.”
50 Cent discusses the project above.