Starz has given a series order to a drama from rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and "The Good Wife" producer Courtney Kemp Agboh, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said Friday.
The hourlong drama, "Power," revolves around James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who caters to the city's elite. He wants to build an empire, turn the club into a Fortune 500 business, but there's just one problem:
Ghost is living a double life. When he is not in the club, he is the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York for a very high-level clientele. His marriage, family and business all become unknowingly threatened as he is tempted to leave his criminal life behind and become the rags-to-riches businessman he wants to be most of all.
The series was created by Kemp Agboh, who will serve as the showrunner. Both Kemp Agboh and Jackson will executive produce. The eight-episode season will begin filming in late 2013 for a 2014 premiere.
Declaring himself "thrilled" to add the series to Starz's programming lineup, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht added, "Curtis has a unique and specific vision for the series, lending it an authenticity and voice rarely seen. Courtney has created a rich world and characters not often explored in contemporary drama. There is a rawness and soul to the character of Ghost as he struggles to live between these two worlds that we believe will leave an indelible mark on the audience and stay with them after the credits roll."
Mark Canton and Randall Emmett are also executive producing the project.