Power Book 3 could have ‘six or seven’ seasons as 50 Cent teases Kanan’s ‘origin story’
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Fans of Starz’ gripping crime drama were ecstatic when the series was renewed for an incredible four spin-offs. Recent comments from Power’s showrunner Courtney Kemp could indicate the ever-growing series could have a long future ahead.
After wrapping up its thrilling sixth season, business mogul Ghost (played by Omari Hardwick) bowed out as series lead.
Following a shocking series of twists, the murder mystery of season six was brought to a close when it was revealed Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr) shot and killed his own father.
Although the mainline series has drawn to a close, viewers are eagerly anticipating the return of Power in four new spin-offs from Courtney Kemp and collaborator Curtis Jackson (50 Cent).
The first six seasons were loosely based on 50 Cent, his own experiences from young drug dealer to entrepreneur forming the basis of Ghost’s journey through the series.
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Now the subsequent four spin-offs will use Power as a launching point to explore the other characters in Ghost’s circle, including Tariq and Tasha (Naturi Naughton) and Tommy (Joseph Sikora).
The confirmed four spin-offs will be called Book II: Ghost, Book III: Raising Kanan, Book IV: Influence and Book V: Force.
As well as executive producing the series, 50 Cent stepped in front of the camera to play Ghost’s former mentor Kanan Stark throughout the series.
It was confirmed Book III will serve as a prequel to the series, with Disney Channel star Mekai Curtis signing on to play the younger version of Kanan.
During a recent Q&A event with Deadline, Courtney and 50 Cent touched on how the upcoming prequel series will explore the early lives of Kanan and Ghost.
Courtney explained: “As Kanan himself gets older, we know that when he was around 19, that’s when he started to hook up with Ghost and Tommy so when you first come into Raising Kanan he’s 15 so it would take a minute.”
While 50 Cent confirmed the series could be Power’s darkest chapter yet as Mekai steps into the role during the toughest parts of Kanan’s life on the streets.
He added: “The lead in Raising Kanan has to regress to the point where he’s damaged and has to introduce all of these things to Ghost and Tommy.”
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“It’s the innocence phase, it’s the origin story of that character. Like you see his very first fight you see the things that eventually turn him into the character that you see in Power.”
The spin-off series is set to take place in the 80s and early 90s as it follows the group of friends’ rise and fall in New York.
While the spin-off’s life expectancy depends on how well the new series performs amongst Power fans, comments from showrunner Courtney Kemp indicated the team could have ideas for up to six-seven seasons.
Deadline asked if the series would explore their early lives as teens, with Courtney suggesting this wouldn’t happen for some time.
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She added: “No, we’re not gonna explore them as teens. We may in the late seasons of Raising Kanan, and this is if me and 50 talk about that at some point with Sascha [Penn, producer].
“But as we get to the end of Raising Kanan, depending on how many seasons that goes, that could be six-seven years right?”
Power has typically released one season each year, with the longer sixth season spread across 2019 and 2020.
Depending on the success of Book II, the upcoming spin-offs could have an even longer shelf life than the original series.
Power season 6 is now available to stream on Netflix.
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