50 Cent is venturing into historical drama for his next Staz series. According to the network, 50 is attached as an executive producer for “Queen Nzinga,” an upcoming scripted series based on the legendary African warrior and leader of 17th century Angola.
According to a release, “Queen Nzinga” will tell the “legendary tale of Nzinga’s transformation from an innocent princess into a fearless warrior queen who rages a ferocious 40-year guerrilla war against the kingdom’s formidable enemies and the cruel subjugation of her people by Portuguese slavers.”
“It has been a long-held dream of mine to bring the story of Nzinga to the screen,” Badaki said. “Her courage, determination and passion resonated from the moment I laid eyes on historical depictions of the legendary queen. I am thrilled by Starz’s continued commitment to much needed stories about and by historically excluded voices and the deeply talented team being built to share this epic narrative with the world.”
50 Cent added, “As G-Unit Film & Television launches more premium, international productions, I couldn’t have found better partners than Mo, Yetide and Steven to help tell the incredible story of Queen Nzinga.”
In the release, Abudu also said, “The continent of Africa has a treasure trove of stories that are yet to be told. ‘Queen Nzinga’ is a story that I have wanted to tell for a long time, so when EbonyLife Studios finally found a home for this project at Starz and Lionsgate, it was a dream come true.”
“We are happy to be at the forefront of forging these new partnerships with such an incredible team of creatives, because it is truly about sharing our local stories with a global audience — stories that are historical, authentic and progressive,” she added.
The announcement arrives shortly after 50 Cent revealed he is currently developing a series based on Snoop Dogg’s 1993 murder trial called, “Murder Was The Case.”