Curtis Jackson, best known as 50 Cent, will produce “Black Mafia Family” through his production company G-Unit. For the first season, Starz has ordered eight episodes which it will co-produce alongside 50-Cent and Lionsgate.
“Black Mafia Family” is based on the true story of the Flenory brothers. Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory were a pair of charismatic drug traffickers in late 1980s Detroit and successfully established a nationwide drug distribution organization in the United States.
Over the next decade, their organization was hugely successful and they began to use some of their wealth to branch off into other types of businesses. One of these ventures was a hip-hop music label called BMF Entertainment which ended up with a few well-known artists on its roster, like Young Jeezy.
In the mid-2000s though, their empire came crashing down. They were both busted, indicted and convicted on charges of running a criminal enterprise that, during its existence grossed $270 million. Both brothers were sentenced to 30-years to life behind bars.
A Starz press release says it is a show about “love, family, and capitalism in the pursuit of the American dream.”
Most people reading this, myself included, might assume that 50-Cent will do more than produce this series though it is not yet known if he will play a part in the drama.
“I told you ‘Black Mafia Family’ was coming and it’s going to be the biggest show on television. Meech and Terry are legends and I am excited to bring their story to Starz,” said the rapper.
This new project comes on the heels of “Power”, another series produced by 50-Cent which ended a few months ago. Incredibly, four spin-offs of “Power” are currently in development.