It now appears that 50 Cent is closing in on the production rights for a Tekashi 6ix9ine biopic.
A Tekashi 6ix9ine biopic is now in the works, and 50 Cent has indicated that he’s making a play for the production rights.
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, revealed his interest in Tekashi 69’s story through an Instagram comment. A user asked 50 Cent if there was any truth to the rumor of his being involved in the project, and 50 Cent responded, “I’m working boy” (sic).
At the time of writing, additional details concerning the project — including its studio, writer(s), filming schedule, and release window—hadn’t been released publicly.
Rapper Schoolboy Q, whose real name is Quincy Matthew Hanley, has said that he’d like to play Tekashi in the film. Though Schoolboy Q’s participation in the biopic is an intriguing prospect, at 32, he might be too old to depict Tekashi, who recently turned 23.
50 Cent and Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, had a positive professional relationship until a dispute emerged while they were filming the music video for Get the Strap. Shots were fired, and police were called to the scene, but no arrests were made.
In February of this year, Tekashi pled guilty to nine charges related to his involvement with the Nine Trey Gangsters, a particularly violent offshoot of the Bloods.
If convicted, he was expected to face a minimum of 47 years behind bars. However, 6ix9ine recently started providing prosecutors with pertinent information, including his former associates’ personal details and accounts of the crimes he witnessed. It’s likely that this assistance will allow Tekashi to avoid going to jail for an extended period, though his post-testimony life could become extremely dangerous.
As a whole, 50 Cent’s involvement in the biopic’s production seems to be a wise business decision. There’s plenty of press surrounding 6ix9ine, and he only stands to become more popular if he’s able to beat his five-decade minimum sentence — as it seems he will.