50 Cent Jumps in on Superhero Action With New Animated Quibi Series
While he’s been busy teasing fans about Ghost and the ending of Power, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has also been making deals for other shows and business ventures. 50 Cent is expanding his entertainment reach with yet another series, and this one is about superheroes. He’ll be joining forces with producers, artists, and animators to bring the new show to life.
50 Cent signs on with Quibi for animated project ‘Trill League’
The rapper is collaborating with Quibi and Lionsgate to produce an animated series called Trill League, which is based on a graphic novel about black superheroes created by Anthony Piper, Deadline reports. The story is steeped in humor and hip hop and features anime style graphics, which will surely translate well to the small screen.
When we say small screen, there’s a pun intended because the Quibi platform is designed for mobile phones—not television. Its special format will deliver short episodes of each series to users’ devices, making it easily and readily accessible. 50 Cent’s G Unit Film & Television and 3 Arts Entertainment will executive-produce Trill League with Lionsgate as a partner.
Per Variety, here’s a description of the upcoming show:
“In an era of social injustice and internet trolls, a league of black superheroes, ‘Trill League’ is tasked with saving the world from monsters, super villains and haters of all kinds. Get ready for this remixed rendition of your favorite superheroes as the series satirizes modern American society.”
Who’s ‘Trill League’ creator, Anthony Piper?
Piper is a seasoned professional illustrator/designer who’s produced work for Marvel, Major Lazer, Wu-Tang’s Method Man, and others. According to Complex, he started out as a freelancer and would share his work online. It’s how fans were first introduced to characters Sparrow (a spoof of Robin), Wondeisha (a parody of Wonder Woman), and Blackmayne.
Piper launched a Kickstarter campaign to help turn his Trill League sketches into a digital and print reality and raised more that $20,000 on the platform. It worked!
Since 2015, Piper’s grown a fan base for this group of characters and after working hard to garner attention for his work and to have it turned into a cartoon, he’s finally made it happen.
His goal was to merge these unique superheroes with comedy and hip hop, and you’ll recognize some of the characters as riffs on famous figures like Batman, Diddy, or Chris Brown. With 50 Cent now on board, expect things to grow.
Quibi has numerous projects slated to drop
The announcements keep coming with Quibi. In the last seven days, the streamer dropped reboot plans for Legends of the Hidden Temple and Singled Out. Also in development are original series from creators like Steven Spielberg, Don Cheadle, Chrissy Teigen, Sam Raimi, and now, 50 Cent.
It’s a paid platform and users can either sign up for the ad or ad-free version for $4.99 or $7.99 per month, respectively. If you’d love to check out bite-size pieces of content and you love animation, why not check out Quibi and Trill League? Quibi launches on April 6, 2020.