Producer Will Packer (Truth Be Told, Uncle Buck) has teamed with actor-rapper-producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Power) for My Friend 50, a single-camera series project, which has landed at Fox with the duo executive producing and 50 Cent set to recur, making occasional appearances as a version of himself. Written on spec by Ava Tramer (TBS’ Angie Tribeca), My Friend 50, which has a script order, follows Amanda Kramer, an unstable twentysomething who believes that joining 50 Cent’s entourage is the answer to all her problems. Her unlikely journey with 50 Cent’s crew takes the form of a bizarre documentary commissioned by the most unreliable narrator in history: Amanda.
The project hails from Packer’s Will Packer Productions, Jackson’s G-Unit Film & Television and Universal Television, where Packer is under a first-look production deal. Korin D. Huggins, Head of Television for Will Packer Productions, co-executive produces.
In addition to his two TV series — NBC’s Truth Be Told and ABC’s upcoming Uncle Buck — on the feature side Packer has produced seven No. 1 films, including Ride Along, Think Like A Man and its sequel, and also was an executive producer on hit Straight Outta Compton. His next film, Ride Along 2, opens on January 15. Will Packers Prods.’ TV development slate also includes a Think Like A Man comedy series adaptation and drama The Diplomats at Fox; as well as comedy Bonita & Mechelle, with Eva Longoria producing, and drama Buckhead, both at NBC.
For Jackson, My Friend 50 falls outside of the overall deal he recently signed with Starz, where he executive produces and co-stars on the breakout drama series Power. Jackson also is an executive producer of SundanceTV’s Dream School. As an actor, he recently co-starred in the boxing feature Southpaw and comedy Spy.
Tramer is repped by APA & 3 Arts; Packer is repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham; and Jackson is repped by APA, Stephen Savva and Eric Feig.