Quibi has had a few obstacles ahead of its April 6 launch. However, a partnership with Drake is not one of them.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the short-form streaming service recently greenlit “The 48 Laws of Power,” a series based on the best-selling nonfiction book by Robert Greene. The rapper will executive produce the forthcoming project and put on his director’s hat for at least one episode.
If you’re unfamiliar with the 1998 book, simply scour the lyrics of hip hop greats for references, from Kanye West to Jay-Z. As a hip hop favorite, Greene’s work outlines the principles of success and power, which will be depicted in each episode of the Quibi series.
Furthermore, “The 48 Laws of Power” is not Drake’s first venture into film and television. Alongside partner, Adel “Future” Nur, Drake established Dreamcrew, an entertainment management and production company that currently produces HBO’s “Euphoria,” starring Zendaya. Drake also recently inked an exclusive deal with social broadcasting platform Caffeine.
“When Drake and I sat down with Robert Greene, it was incredibly inspiring,” said Nur. “The laws allow for a wide range of dynamic storytelling, and Quibi allows us to tell these stories in bite-sized chapters similar to the book.”
“I have always thought that The 48 Laws of Power would be a perfect fit for a series, bringing to life the timeless Machiavellian game of power as portrayed in the book,” Greene added. “But it was not until Drake and Future with Anonymous Content approached me with their unique cinematic approach to the laws that I knew I could join forces with them and go all in for a filmed interpretation of my work.”
The Drake-produced series is one of 50-plus scripted and non-scripted shows for Quibi. Users can access the mobile video platform for $5 monthly or $8 per month (no ads).