Eminem fans are about to lose themselves because his semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile is being turned into a TV series with G-Unit’s 50 Cent in tow, writes Mai Al-Khatib Camille.
The American rappers are excited about adapting the 2002 movie for TV with the Grammy-award-winning 50 saying it didn’t take much convincing to get the ‘real slim shady’ interested in it.
50 Cent revealed that ‘it’s been in motion’ and how ‘it should be there for [Eminem]’s legacy’ in an interview with Big Boy TV, adding: “It’s gonna be big… You know, I ain’t got no duds”.
The original 8 Mile, directed by Curtis Hanson, follows Jimmy (Eminem), the aspiring young rapper living in Detroit, as he attempts to jump-start his career in the local hip-hop scene.
The film, which also stars Kim Basinger, Michael Shannon, Mekhi Phifer, the beloved and late Brittany Murphy and Anthony Mackie, became an instant box-office hit upon its release. The soundtrack also dominated the Billboard album charts. Eminem won an Oscar for Lose Yourself for being the Best Original Song.
While this series will not necessarily go according to the original, 50 Cent is Not Afraid and neither should the fans.
“It’s a modern version,” he said, comparing it to the 2022 drama Bel-Air, Peacock’s reimagining of the beloved NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. “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. You’ll see those things kind of surface in the temperament of the characters.”
No other details have been shared yet.
50 Cent has produced films and television shows in the past, including Power on Starz.