Fox’s involvement in providing a home for animated comedy series has long surpassed the efforts of their three broadcast network rivals, and it appears as though Fox could soon have another show from the genre to add to its line-up, through the unlikely source of rapper 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson).
The leader of hip-hop group G-Unit has conceived the idea, which is ‘loosely based’ on his childhood, and will follow the adventures of ‘a mischievous young boy’ who has run-ins with ‘his eccentric family and neighbours’.
The untitled show is currently in negotiations with Fox for a pilot or presentation order, with the project including writing from Carl Jones, who will also executive produce alongside 50 Cent, Andrew Jameson, Randall Emmett, Brian Grazer (Imagine TV), and Francie Calfo, while 20th Century Fox also have a stake in the idea.
While it is unknown if he will be involved in any voiceover work on his show, it wouldn’t be the first time that 50 Cent has filled such a role, voicing himself as a guest star in a season 16 episode of The Simpsons (“Pranksta Rap”), while his regular acting positions have included starring as… himself, in the 2005 autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin’. He is also notable for voicing the lead characters in the video games 50 Cent: Bulletproof (2005), and 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand (2009).
The 37-year-old has also filled roles away from self-portrayal, though, having featured in titles such as Righteous Kill, Dead Man Running, and 13, along with upcoming Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone prison drama The Tomb. In his ‘day job’, Jackson recently released new single ‘Major Distribution’ alongside Snoop Dogg and Young Jeezy. That VEVO video, along with the times that he played himself in animation and claymation, can be seen below.
If picked up to series, will 50 Cent’s new show become a new part of the the currently 5-strong Animation Domination block, or is it being considered with an eye towards the ‘alternative’ animated programming timeslot that the network is planning for Saturday nights?