Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson has announced plans to create a ‘modern’ TV series update of Eminem’s semi-autobiographical 2002 film “8 Mile”.
That Curtis Hanson-directed film followed white rapper Jimmy Smith Jr., aka B-Rabbit (Eminem) and his attempt to launch a career in hip hop, a music genre dominated by African-Americans.
The title refers to the highway between the predominantly African-American city of Detroit and the primarily white suburban communities to the north where Eminem originally lived.
Appearing on Big Boy TV, 50 Cent announced plans to retell the story, saying “I’m going to bring [Eminem’s] 8 Mile to television” and confirming that Eminem knew about the project. He also compares it to the recent “Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air” reboot in terms of a ‘modern’ update:
“I want to show and offer a lot more details, things that you would say in an interview or different things that you put out there. You’ll see those things surface in the temperament of the characters.”
50 Cent goes on to say the aim of the project is to leave something of a legacy Eminem can be proud of:
“It should be there for his legacy. It’s really the culture losing its colour, for everyone to feel like they enjoy it and appreciate [Black music]. They see someone who’s accepted and respected. It makes them feel part of it too.”
Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, Michael Shannon, Anthony Mackie, and Kim Basinger co-starred in the original film, which was a critical and box office success, raking in $51.3 million in its opening weekend and a total gross of $242.9 million worldwide. It also won the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself”.