50 Cent has already seen success on the small screen with drama shows like “Power” and “For Life.” Now the rapper is taking a stab at a different genre.
On Friday, Oct. 16, the Queens native announced on his Twitter account that he would be making a few “huge horror” films with Eli Roth. “y’all gonna have to check me and (PR) out, I call him (Pretty boy Roth) but you can call him Eli,” the rapper wrote. He added, “We are making a few huge horror films ya digg? you might want to work or just watch it’s cool. #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi.”
According to a report from the Hollywood Reporter, 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, inked a 3-feature film deal with Eli Roth and indie studio 3BlackDot. Roth is best known for directing and producing movies such as “Cabin Fever,” “Hostel,” and “Hemlock Grove.” He’s also the founder of Crypt TV.
In a statement about the collaboration, Roth said, “Both 50 and James (Frey) have never shied away from controversial, boundary-pushing material and have made massive global cultural impacts from their raw creative energy. We want to bring that same fun and danger to this new fantastic slate of elevated scary films.” He added, “We want to make the movies others are too afraid to make.”
“Eli, James, Roger, Michael, and 3BlackDot will be great partners in G-Unit Film and Television’s takeover of the horror genre. I can’t wait to show the world what we’re building,” 50 Cent said in his statement.
Fans appeared excited for the rapper as they flooded the star’s mentions with congratulatory messages, including one fan who wrote, “Definitely an awesome announcement for the month of scares. That dude has a no boundaries way of thinking in terms of how bloody the shows get lolz.”
Another user commented, “50’s killing it.. how much satisfaction you going to feel when G Unit Productions becomes bigger than Randall Emmett.. lol.”
50 Cent and Anil Kurian’s G-Unit Film & Television banner will partner with Arts District Entertainment — the production company headed by Roger Birnbaum, Roth, and head of development Michael Besman. 3BlackDot will act as the financier and studio behind the film slate deal.