8 Mile, which premiered in 2002, earned Eminem the Oscar for Best Original Song.
In recent years, legendary rapper and video game star Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has built a thriving second career as a television producer, responsible for nearly half of the Starz Network’s programming with the “Power” franchise and “BMF.” Now the rapper is reportedly working with his “Crack a Bottle” collaborator Eminem to bring “8 Mile” to the small screen.
50 Cent opened up about his apparent plans to adapt Eminem’s 2002 film for TV during an interview with radio host Big Boy for his YouTube channel (via Complex). According to 50 Cent, he and Eminem are working on developing the series for television and that he wants to bring the story to bring Eminem’s legacy to younger generations. The two rappers have been friends since the early 2000s and have collaborated dozens of times, beginning with two songs from 50 Cent’s 2003 album Get Rich or Die Tryin’.
“I want, I’m gonna put 8 Mile on TV,” the rapper said. “It’s going to be big. I am working. I have no duds. I’m hitting 100. I think it should be there for his legacy because it’s important to me that they understand.
Released in 2002, 8 Mile is a mildly fictionalized narrative of Eminem’s life story as an aspiring rapper, with the rapper himself playing the main character Jimmy Smith Jr., or “B-Rabbit.” The film follows Jimmy, an auto factory worker as he tries to gain respect in Detroit’s rap community. Directed by Oscar-winning LA Confidential Curtis Hanson from a screenplay by Scott Silver, who most recently wrote the screenplay for Joker, 8 Mile also stars Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon and Anthony Mackie with.
8 Mile was a critical and commercial success when it first released, grossing $242.9 million worldwide on a budget of $51.3 million. Eminem, along with songwriters Luis Resto and Jeff Bass, won an Oscar for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself.” Though he wasn’t present at the Academy Awards that year to perform the song or accept the award, he would (somewhat inexplicably) perform at the 2020 ceremony to perform it 17 years later. 50 Cent appeared on three songs from the accompanying soundtrack for the film, which sold $3.4 million and made “Lose Yourself” a 12-week No. 1 Billboard hit.
Watch 50 Cent’s full interview below.
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