50 Cent is bringing his mentor’s film debut to television with the announcement of Eminem‘s 2002 film 8 Mile‘s tv adaptation in the works Friday morning on the Real 92.3’s Big Boy’s Neighborhood radio show.
“I wanna bring — I’m gonna bring, 8 Mile to television,” 50 Cent dropped the bomb on Big Boy and co-hosts at the interview’s 24:58 mark.
50’s surprise, of course, was met with questions on the potential show’s current stage in development, and he provided a brief answer about where the film-turned-tv series’s current production stage and importance.
He continued: “We in motion. 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 [Eminem’s] legacy because it’s important to me that they understand it.”
Watch the full interview below.
8 Mile opened to #1 at the box office in November 2002 with $242.9 million worldwide opening weekend. Directed by Curtis Hanson, the film is loosely based on the true story of the iconic hip-hop star’s rise in Detroit’s underground battle rap scene. Along with Eminem, the film co-stars an all-star cast of Mekhi Phifer, Anthony Mackie, Kim Basinger, and the late-Brittney Murphy. 50 Cent was introduced to the world on the 8 Mile motion-picture soundtrack track “Wanksta.”
Buzz surrounding the film recently. resurfaced a week ago with TMZ reporting that Mekhi Phifer said an 8 Mile sequel would never happen. “Sometimes it’s just best to leave it alone. Once you make it a classic, no reason to fool around with it,” Philfer says to the inquiring press about possibilities of a sequel.
An 8 Mile television series will join 50 Cent’s trailblazing TV empire, which includes 23 shows in current development. As an executive producer, 50’s best known in television for iconic crime drama franchises Starz’s Power and BMF.
On Thursday, 50 Cent, with his son Sire and girlfriend Cuban Link, spoke to the press on the black carpet at the BMF season 2 event in Hollywood. Season two of BMF, starring Demetrius Flenory Jr. and Da’Vinichi, premieres Friday, January 6, on Starz.