Starz has extended its overall deal with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and is currently in development on superhero drama “Tomorrow, Today” with the music mogul, Variety has learned. The new agreement extends Jackson’s existing overall deal for another year into September 2018, in order to develop new projects for the network with Jackson’s G-Unit Film & Television, Inc.
“Tomorrow, Today” is the first project in development from Jackson and G-Unit Film & Television, Inc. The concept is based on a screenplay written by Jackson, who will executive produce the project and also serves as an executive producer on Starz drama “Power.”
“I am looking forward to continuing my relationship with my Starz family, we have had great success together on ‘Power’ and I am excited to get going on all of our upcoming projects together,” Jackson said in a statement. “I knew Starz would be the perfect home for ‘Tomorrow, Today.’ This project is very personal to me… creating it, writing it, finding the best team for it and I will continue to be involved every step of the way.”
“Tomorrow, Today” is a superhero-themed series about a veteran from the south side of Chicago who, after being falsely imprisoned, becomes the personal experiment of a deranged prison doctor trying to create the perfect man – and an unstoppable killing machine. Set free, but on the run, the veteran must reconcile with the world that has turned against him, and use his newfound abilities for good.
Anthony Cipriano (“Bates Motel,” “12 and Holding”) and Dan Kay (“I.T.”) will executive produce “Tomorrow, Today” with Kirkland Morris serving as producer. Cipriano, Kay and Morris will also write for the series. Senior Vice President of Original Programming Ken Segna and Director of Original Programing Patrick McDonald will be the Starz executives in charge of “Tomorrow, Today.”
Jackson is represented by APA and attorneys Stephen Savva and Eric Feig. APA also represents Cipriano, Kay and Morris.
Ahead of Starz’s presentation at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, the network also announced that it is developing three new series: “Dirty Girls Social Club,” “Pussy Valley” and “Teresa.”
“Dirty Girls Social Club” is based on the best-selling novel by Alisa Valdes with Ligiah Villalobos serving as showrunner. Anne Thomopoulos and veteran network executive Lucia Cottone will also serve as executive producers. “The Dirty Girls Social Club” is a half-hour series about six diverse professional women living in New York City who have known each other since college. Ten years later, and through professional and personal successes, failures and heartaches, the one thing they can always count on is each other. The series will explore womanhood in all its glory, with both humor and drama, and always with heart.
“Pussy Valley” is a scripted one-hour drama that takes an unflinching and unapologetic look at the lives of pole dancers working down in the Dirty Delta. Creator and writer Katori Hall will executive produce “Pussy Valley” with Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin; Jenno Topping; and Dante Di Loreto. Khaliah Neal will serve as consulting producer.
Set in an infamous Mississippi “shake junt” called the Pink Pony, “Pussy Valley” is an intimate window to the unexplored southern strip club world, where the desires of pro-ballers and politicians collide with the dreams of five brave women. For these women, the line between performance and reality becomes blurred, as the drama of their outside lives threaten their onstage personas. On the quest for money, power, and respect, each woman must make a choice. For some it’s a step down, for others a step up, as the Pink Pony stage constantly shape-shifts between a platform for freedom and a gilded cage.
“Teresa” is being developed with Lionsgate and Televisa USA, a division of the Mexican media company Grupo Televisa. Writer/producer Carlos Portugal will create the series and serve as showrunner. The series, based on the Mexican telenovela “Teresa,” focuses on an undocumented young Latina clawing her way into the exclusive world of Los Angeles wealth. The series will chronicle her ruthless pursuit of money and power and her willingness to do anything to get them.
Senior Vice President of Original Programming Marta Fernandez will be the Starz executive in charge of all three projects.