According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jay Z has signed an exclusive first-look film and television production deal with The Weinstein Company.
The two-year contract will see Jay Z, notch up more production credits to add to his others that include, Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” and Chris Rock’s “Top Five”. With the rise of Jay’s multimedia empire, Roc Nation, TV and film seems a natural progression.
Hov released a statement on the new deal, saying, “I’m excited to tell stories from real-life prophets, whom through their struggles have changed the world for the better, and others whose stories are filled with fantasy and delight. Harvey and David are visionaries both of whom have done this time and time again. I’m already passionate about what we currently have in the pipeline and I’m looking forward to discovering others.”
According to the announcement, there are already projects in the works that will be announced in the following weeks. I think the transition from rhyming to film making is a wise move for Jay. His status as an emcee will inevitably wean with the 2 second attention span of today’s youth. Probably be wise to go out gracefully and leave his throne to one of his understudies.