Showtime Documentary Films has announced an upcoming limited docuseries centered around Tekashi 6ix9ine called SuperVillain. According to Deadline, the three-part series is inspired journalist Stephen Witt’s Rolling Stone feature, “Tekashi 6ix9ine: The Rise and Fall of a Hip Hop Supervillain.” The series will be co-produced by Imagine Documentaries, Rolling Stone and Lightbox.
Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment will executive produce the series alongside Imagine Documentaries’ Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein, Rolling Stone’s Gus Wenner and Lightbox’s Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn.
The series will target the meteoritic and social media-based rise of 6ix9ine, guided with stories about his personal life, mixed career and eventual arrest, as told by those closest to the controversial rapper.
“The bizarre and complicated rise of Tekashi 6ix9ine is a story of our times,” Showtime’s Nonfiction Programming Executive Vice President Vinnie Malhotra said in a press release. “Beyond becoming one of the most notorious hip hop artists of this generation, his story speaks volumes of the impact of social media and manufactured celebrity in our society. We’re excited to be partnering with such heavy hitters in the world of music and documentary to bring Supervillain to life.”
“Tekashi 6ix9ine is one of the most enigmatic music artists of a generation,” added Rolling Stone President and COO Wenner. “Rolling Stone is thrilled to work with Showtime and our other partners to bring the gripping story of Tekashi’s meteoric rise to stardom and infamy to viewers around the world.”
6ix9ine is currently awaiting sentencing in federal court without bail for racketeering charges. As he faces life in prison, the New York-bred rapper has cooperated with prosecutors in providing information about the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
“Tekashi’s story has haunted us since we first read Stephen Witt’s brilliant article in Rolling Stone,” Imagine Documentaries President Justin Wilkes said. “It’s a tale that’s emblematic of our times and we’re honored to be partnered with Showtime, Rolling Stone along with the fantastic filmmaking team at Lightbox in bringing it to life”.
Last week, 50 Cent announced that his celebrity-focused docuseries, Moment in Time, will also include an episode about 6ix9ine. Neither series have announced a premiere date. 6ix9ine’s sentencing date was recently moved up to Dec. 14.