Drake Is Once Again Flexing His Producer Muscles For An Adaptation Of The 48 Laws of Power

01 April 2020
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In a way, you could argue that Drake has had more consistent success in creating great TV than he has making quality albums. The rapper's choice to work with Netflix on rebooting British crime drama Top Boy proved a fantastic choice and one perfectly timed with the resurgence of crime music, while the success of his other project, HBO's Euphoria, speaks for itself.

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Now, he's chosen to put his money behind a slightly more obscure project, working with the little-known mobile video platform Quibi to create a new show titled 48 Laws of Power.

The format of 48 Laws of Power will work slightly differently to the Netflix series you've become accustomed to binging over the last few years. Instead of premiering in TV-length episodes, it'll instead release on Quibi in easily watchable chapters. The story itself is based on Robert Greene's non-fiction of the same name, with each video chapter based on a section of the novel. Drake is apparently working with Adel 'Future' Nur (no, not the rapper) and Jason Shrier of Dreamcrew to bring the project to life. Robert Greene will also serve as EP.

"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."

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To give a brief overview of the book itself, it essentially lays out 48 essential laws of power by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz, while also drawing on stories from the lives of figures like Henry Kissinger to P.T. Barnum. As such, it's pretty popular reading among those who desire power, but has also found a cult following among celebrities and prison inmates.

Based on Nur's comments, it's likely each law will be explained in story form in the show itself.

Greene added, "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. 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."

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Quibi itself launches as a service in early April, so expect The 48 Laws of Power to debut later this year or early next year.

Via GQ Australia