Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) apparently refuses to learn his lesson. After mucking up the screen in the atrocious Get Rich or Die Tryin’ back in 2005, he’s been in a steady stream of forgettable films, the most well-known being the massively disappointing Righteous Kill. Well, he’s not done. Jackson is apparently going to try to translate his mumble-hop rap style into acting once again, this time for Things Fall Apart.
According to Variety, the film is about “a star football running back, played by Jackson, who faces a personal tragedy as well as his own mortality while in his senior year in college.” Oh, goodie. It’s got all the earmarks of a triumph of the human spirit sports flick (which I’m frequently a sucker for), but it stars one of the most overrated rappers/weakest actors of our time. I won’t deny that Jackson has a look and attitude that Hollywood execs likely dream about — sort of a Tyrese Gibson with more street cred — but he’s a shit actor. The film will be directed by Mario Van Peebles, who I feel like I should like even though, with the exception of New Jack City and a couple of other films, most f his directorial efforts have been hot messes. Plus, he was in Highlander III: The Sorcerer, and that’s not the kind of shit you can just forgive.
The film is being developed through Jackson’s Cheetah Vision Films production company, proving that having a production company means jack shit these days.