STARZ Network has given the green light to start production on Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Courtney Kemp Agboh's new drama, Power.
Agboh developed the script and will serve as the showrunner. She has previously written for The Bernie Mac Show, Happy Town, Eli Stone and The Good Wife.
Courtney Kemp Agboh
"Power" tells the story of James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who caters to the city's elite. He wants to build an empire, turn the club into a Fortune 500 business, but there's just one problem: Ghost is living a double life. When he is not in the club, he is the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York for a very high-level clientele. His marriage, family and business all become unknowingly threatened as he is tempted to leave his criminal life behind and become the rags-to-riches businessman he wants to be most of all.
STARZ has picked up eight hour-long episodes of the the show. Filming is set to begin later this year.
"We are thrilled to add 'Power' to our growing original programming lineup for 2014," STARZ Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht said in a press release. "Curtis has a unique and specific vision for the series, lending it an authenticity and voice rarely seen. Courtney has created a rich world and characters not often explored in contemporary drama. There is a rawness and soul to the character of Ghost as he struggles to live between these two worlds that we believe will leave an indelible mark on the audience and stay with them after the credits roll."
"STARZ has given our team an opportunity to explore a world of beauty, luxury, danger and death, all against the struggle of one man to define his nature and his soul," says Courtney Kemp Agboh. "While the power and peril of Ghost's world are specific, we hope to address the truly universal questions we all face when we look in the mirror: who am I? Where am I going? Who do I want to become?"
50 and Agboh hold executive producer credits. Mark Canton and Randall Emmett are also on board, and will be producing in association with CBS TV Studios.
Randall Emmett and 50 Cent
"This is a passion project for me and I couldn't be more thrilled to have found a home with STARZ. I look forward to working with this incredibly talented team on making 'Power' a hit show," says 50.