Producer Will Packer is seemingly everywhere at once. He shepherded “Straight Outta Compton” to box office glory this past summer. He fielded two comedies for the 2015-16 season: NBC’s “Truth Be Told” and ABC’s upcoming “Uncle Buck.” He’s winding down the year at his home base in Atlanta, finishing work on “Ride Along 2,” starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, for a January release. And he’s preparing for the challenge of revisiting “Roots” as a miniseries for A&E, History and Lifetime next year.
Producer Will Packer (Truth Be Told, Uncle Buck) has teamed with actor-rapper-producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Power) for My Friend 50, a single-camera series project, which has landed at Fox with the duo executive producing and 50 Cent set to recur, making occasional appearances as a version of himself. Written on spec by Ava Tramer (TBS’ Angie Tribeca), My Friend 50, which has a script order, follows Amanda Kramer, an unstable twentysomething who believes that joining 50 Cent’s entourage is the answer to all her problems. Her unlikely journey with 50 Cent’s crew takes the form of a bizarre documentary commissioned by the most unreliable narrator in history: Amanda.