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As a rapper, actor, and savvy business man, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is truly a jack of all trades. Talent doesn’t come without its problems though. Following the success of his STARZ drama series Power, 50 was accused of jacking someone else’s idea and storyline for the show.
According to the recent lawsuit, 50 allegedly swiped Power‘s essence from a play entitled Dangerous, written by two men. The men claimed that Power was too similar to Dangerous to be a coincidence, as its storyline also revolved around the money laundering and violent activities of a drug dealer.
50 was shocked. Fans were nervous. The case went to trial. And… Everything is fine.
Ultimately, the court tossed the case, saying drug laundering and drug dealing are common television themes. “One need only look to such shows and movies as The Wire, Empire, Breaking Bad, Narcos, Weeds, Carlito’s Way, American Gangster, New Jack City, Scarface and Paid in Full,” the judge said.
They’ll have to wake up a little earlier to get one up on 50. Power is so powerful that no one may actually interrupt the show’s thriving for a while.
Even STARZ yelled “uncle,” when 50 and the entertainment company went head to head over the show a month or so ago.
50, who is the executive producer of Power, wanted more money, but STARZ was reluctant, leading the company’s head honchos and the rapper to start feuding over terms and conditions. The war intensified after the announcement that the wait for season five would be almost a year.
Power has been earning record breaking viewing numbers since its start. So, when 50 threatened to move the show to another network, STARZ paid attention. Shortly following a harsh thrashing on social media — where 50 called the “business people” a “d–head” and “stupid” — STARZ got it together, leading 50 to share a much happier post.
“I just got off with Chris Albrecht, head of STARZ,” he wrote alongside a photo of himself and the executive. “New Deal More POWER coming your way, next season there will be less of a Wait. Thanks for supporting me.”
Before telling his loyal fans that it was okay to continue watching the show, he continued, “I can’t believe how much money they just gave me. That s–t just f–ked with my nerves my hand is shaking.”
Meanwhile, season five of Power is in production and has been officially rolling since Sept. 20 of this year. While the wait for the highly-anticipated season was supposed to be mind-numbingly long, it is now slated for a 2018 release date. (According to the internet’s ever-spinning rumor mill, the show will supposedly premiere in June or July 2018.)
Who will be a part of season five’s cast? Well… It ain’t safe. It ain’t safe.
“Look, no-one’s been safe on our show for quite some time, but obviously, the main characters have had longer lives. We are reaching the end of this journey, so the main characters are less safe than they have ever been before,” Power creator Courtney Kemp said during an interview with Deadline.
Which means that the fan favorites — Ghost (Omari Hardwick), Tommy (Joseph Sikora), Kanan (50 Cent), Dre (Rotimi Akinosho), Tariq (Michael Rainey) or Angela (Lela Loren) — may be on episode one… but that doesn’t mean they’ll make it to the finale.
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