He teased the project on his Instagram page last week, although he pulled the post likely after sites like this one picked up on it, as the news spread.
It’s now official that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson will tackle a feature film on the Black Mafia Family as an upcoming project, with Emmett/Furla/Oasis jumping on board to produce and finance, reports Deadline.
The Emmett/Furla connection shouldn’t be a surprise. You should recall 50 Cent’s 10-picture, $200 million agreement with George Furla’s Hedge Fund Film Partners via his Cheetah Vision Films production company, as well as Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment Group renewing their film slate deal with Emmet/Furla and Fiddy’s Cheetah Vision Films for an additional 10 films, expanding their overall relationship.
The deal was struck 2 years ago.
Cheetah Vision Films is essentially a partnership between 50 Cent and Randall Emmett; George Furla’s Hedge Fund Film Partners obviously belongs to Furla; however, Emmett and Furla also have a separate banner they both run called Emmett/Furla Films.
The “Oasis” piece of Emmett/Furla/Oasis was added a year ago, when Oasis Ventures Entertainment acquired a stake in Emmett/Furla Films, beefing up the company’s piggy-bank by a reported $150 million.
The notorious Black Mafia Family (BMF), was a drug cartel 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.
An unrelated documentary feature on the BMF currently is available on home video. It hails from Errante Films Productions/Image Entertainment/Joe Rock Productions, and is 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 in 2012, and eventually made its way to the home video market, where you can find it right now. It’s even streaming on Netflix.
Say what you will about Fiddy, the man has a media empire to build. His Starz’s original drama series “Power,” which stars Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton, debuted over the weekend to so-so ratings, but it’s already been renewed for a second season. And while a film on the BMF isn’t exactly high on my list of subjects I’d love to see films made about, it’s obviously on Mr Jackson’s (as well as the target audience for the film), and that’s ultimately all that matters at this point.
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…