50 Cent is entering the superhero world by developing a live-action movie based on DC Comics’ Xerø through his G-Unit Film & Television company.
According to Deadline, the film will follow a Black government assassin who “weaponizes invisibility by disguising himself as a white man to blend anonymously into the exotic Casino Royale haunts of the international elite,” while “telling the story of his moral awakening and the life-and-death perils it presents.”
Aside from the individual movie, 50 Cent has plans to turn Xerø into a complete on-screen franchise.
“There’s no one better than Christopher Priest to bring G-Unit Film & Television into the world of comic book superheroes,” 50 Cent said. “Watch as we build Xerø into a franchise alongside Christopher and Color Farm Media. I can’t wait for the world to meet Trane Walker in an all new way.”
Series creator Christopher Priest revealed his excitement about working with 50 Cent alongside co-producers Erika Alexander, Ben Arnon and Joseph Illidge.
“Xerø depicts a slow-moving car wreck at the intersection of race and class,” he explained. “The commonality of struggle represented by the life experiences of Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, G-Unit Film & Television and Color Farm assure a broad depth of first-hand appreciation for that delicate balance. It’s exciting to be working together to create this new world.”
Xerø originally belonged to DC Comics but Priest claimed the rights to the series in 2008.
“Priest is a master storyteller,” Alexander said. “Xerø is a powerful project, and we’re thrilled to partner with Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson’s G-Unit Film & Television, the pre-eminent power players.”
Illidge added, “Xerø is the perfect action hero for our times in a story that is equal parts James Bond and James Baldwin. G-Unit’s legacy of courageous, edge-of-your-seat thrillers about complex protagonists makes them the perfect partner to spearhead this franchise. After working with Christopher on Batman years ago, I’m thrilled to be reuniting with him on Xerø.”
G-Unit Film & Television is behind shows such as STARZ’s Power and Black Mafia Family, as well as films such as The Frozen Ground and the upcoming Den of Thieves 2.