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Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson's Next Project? A Feature Film on the Black Mafia Family

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by Tambay A. Obenson
June 10, 2014 8:10 PM
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Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson posted the above to his Instagram page today, along with the caption: 

I'm out of control now, watch my next move. STRATEGY #smsaudio #animalambition #power

Based on the above, we can assume that, at some point in the future, there'll be a formal announcement on his executive producing a film on the B.M.F; and while he doesn't say specifically what the acronym stands for, we can also assume that it's very likely a film about the notorious Black Mafia Family (BMF), a drug cartel that was created in Detroit, Michigan in the late 1980s, by Demetrius "Big Meech" and Terry Flenory. Over the following decade, their organization grew into a hugely successful nationwide enterprise.

Soon after, they began to use their financial gains to branch out into other businesses, like creating a hip-hop music label called BMF Entertainment, promoting the careers of a few artists, some fairly well known, like Young Jeezy.

But the castle they built all came crashing down in the mid-2000s, when they were busted, indicted and convicted on charges of running a criminal enterprise that allegedly grossed over $270 million during the period of its existence. Both brothers were sentenced to prison for 30 years to life. Other members of their organization would also face jail sentences.

That's the shortened version of their story - one that's long been rumored to be the subject of a feature film that has yet to materialize, 4 years after we first alerted you to it on this blog. 

Initially, Program Pictures, the production company that was behind what was then to be an Antoine Fuqua-directed Tupac Shakur biopic (it's now John Singleton's project), was developing a BMF film, but a completed movie never materialized.

A year later, an unrelated documentary feature on the BMF surfaced, from Errante Films Productions / Image Entertainment / Joe Rock Productions, titled "BMF: The Rise and Fall of a Hip-Hop Drug Empire," directed by D. Sikorski.

Based on a story that's said to have initiated one of the most expansive DEA investigations in USA history, the 80-minute documentary explored the story of the 15-year investigation by the DEA, FBI and an elite drug task force called HIDTA, that resulted in 41 defendants across the country being charged in one of the largest drug conspiracy cases ever. It combined the story of a criminal syndicate that lived on a code of honor and conduct that rivaled any of the five Mafia families, and ended just as dramatically under a hailstorm of government informants, wiretaps and surveillance that ultimately caused the downfall of the so-called Hip-Hop Drug Empire.

That documentary was eventually picked up by One Village Entertainment, and released in a limited theatrical run, and eventually made its way to the home video market, where you can find it right now. It's even streaming on Netflix.

Back to 50 Cent's own BMF project... 

It could very well be that he's resuscitating the Program Pictures BMF feature film that all-but-disappeared after the initial announcement 4 years ago, and doesn't appear to have been produced. Or it could be an entirely new BMF project. Or, BMF could stand for something else entirely, and is of no connection to the Black Mafia Family. 

We'll find out eventually.

Mr Cent certainly is busy empire building. His Starz's original drama series "Power," which stars Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton, debuted over the weekend to so-so ratings.

I found the below History Channel profile of the Black Mafia Family, on its "Ganglang" series. This is just part 1. You can find the rest on YouTube. And underneath, you'll find the Black Mafia Family's family tree...

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  • Daryl | June 14, 2014 7:31 PMReply

    The problem with 50 cent and other black celebs is they just want to make the same movies hollywood has been doing for years about black people. He can make these movies but why not also make other movies about black people. That's why I never get excited just because a black person got rich, so what if you worth over a 100 million when you playing the same stereotype game hollywood has been playing about black folks forever. Support indie black filmmakers, the filmmakers that really care about black films and know we are more than gangsters.

  • Shanae | June 12, 2014 10:30 AMReply

    We haven't had a gangsta movie in films in a really long time. I'm not saying that this is what we need, but this has been absent, so this move for 50 Cent could be interesting. I have seen a few 50 Cent films and I'm not crazy about his acting or directing or producing skills....

  • queen2cent | June 11, 2014 6:05 PMReply

    Seriously, 50Cent... What next? He seems to have an obsession with Black Gansta Films.

  • Rocket | June 11, 2014 12:35 PMReply

    The documentary on BMF was pretty interesting (at least to me). However, after watching the documentary I'm not sure a feature film is necessary. The doc told their story pretty well.

  • RANDOM COMMENTARY | June 11, 2014 11:53 AMReply

    Sorry but the real world isn't fair. 50 has money and influence. Until individuals like Earl Gilbert Graves or John H Johnson or any other positive black individuals with money and influence step up to the plate. What's the point of complaining about the quality of cinema 50 produces. 50 is talking with his pockets. From a business standpoint I respect his hustle. Complain about the individuals with the means to do but don't.

  • Haters | June 11, 2014 6:02 AMReply

    I think this will be great. 50 is in the hip hop world and is becoming a player in Hollywood, and BMF was a real life drug trafficking organisation that was also involved in hip hop. It may not be some peoples type of movie but I think it's a good idea...

  • ALP | June 11, 2014 7:28 AM

    Haters? You might should consider changing your name to Realistic Business. At the rate of this C-list material, only way Fiddy will be a true player in Hollywood is if he produces a Matt McConaughey script. Or wears a dress and a blonde wig as his next role. Tyler Perry already has a corner on the garbage market.

  • DUddi | June 11, 2014 5:20 AMReply

    Please just stop sharing news about 50 Cent... We don't care about anything he makes... He's a disgrace to the film industry... He has money, but no talent... I like him as musician but I hate him as an actor... he should quit this job immediately.

  • TIRED OF THE SAME SHIT | June 11, 2014 3:57 AMReply

    We dont need this. We dont need anymore movies on criminals. Wolf of Wall Street, American Gangster etc. Especially in black entertainment. Now dont get me wrong the movies I named are fantastic. But creativity is really at an all time low. 50 Cent, we dont care about Big Meech, or BMF. How bout a movie on some of our successful black enterpenuers, or something positive? This promotion of drug life on the big screen believe it or not, most definitely influences the youth. 50 Cent stick to making music. Well, your career in music isnt that great, but dont come out making these negative films. you already have that terrible show, POWER on HBO about a Drug Kingpin and now a movie on the Black Mafia Family??? NO THANK YOU.. LET THE FILM MAKERS BE FILM MAKERS . Youre not good at it.

  • Queen2Cent | June 11, 2014 6:09 PM

    "This promotion of drug life on the big screen believe it or not, most definitely influences the youth." That is why he does it. It makes MASSA feel all warm inside, and you know how we love to impress MASSA. No matter how many millions we have in our pockets, we still cannot seem to "defy" MASSA.

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