Curtis Jackson options DC Comics’ Xerø, plans live-action franchise film

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Xerø follows a Black government agent who ‘weaponises’ invisibility by disguising himself as a white man to enter the world of the elites.

Christopher Priest’s comic series Xerø is set to become a live-action movie. The series started out as a DC Comics line publication but the rights to the character reverted back to Priest in 2008, meaning that this adaptation will be outside of the remit of Warner Bros and other DCEU projects.

Curtis Jackson, also known as 50 Cent, and his G-Unit production company have optioned the rights and plan to produce a film that will spawn a new action franchise, according to Deadline

The synopsis certainly looks like it could make for an amazing espionage series:

The film will follow a Black government assassin who weaponises invisibility by disguising himself as a white man to blend anonymously into the exotic Casino Royale haunts of the international elite. Spanning the gulf between that and the disenfranchised city streets of East St. Louis, Illinois, Trane Walker is a man living in two worlds but taking ownership of neither. Xerø tells the story of his moral awakening and the life-and-death perils it presents.’

G-Unit Productions has been steadily increasing its TV and film output since Jackson himself executive produced, directed and co-starred in Starz’s hit series Power, and then closed a deal with Starz and Lionsgate back in 2018 to develop further properties. It’s also great to see a comic book movie make it to the screen with the original creator benefiting financially and creatively, as is often not the case with Marvel and DC productions. We’ll certainly keep you updated on this one as we hear more.

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