Microsoft is working on several live-action series for its Xbox entertainment offerings, and a new report claims one of them is based on the life of hip-hop star Nas.
According to a report by Deadline, the series is loosely based on Nas' life in the 1990s as he was a struggling artist. That presumably will put the series, called "Street Dreams," in the early portion of the decade, as Nas quickly found commercial and critical acclaim in 1994 with his debut album, "Illmatic." Deadline says the series will be split into half-hour episodes, with Nas involved in the writing of both the script and music.
Jonathan Levine, director of "50/50" and "Warm Bodies," will reportedly write and direct the show.
Microsoft's Xbox entertainment branch has been developing TV shows and other offerings for more than a year, sparked by the hiring of Nancy Tellem in September 2012. Tellem, the entertainment and digital media president at Microsoft, has overseen Microsoft's growing slate of original entertainment work, including a live-action Halo show, a gaming documentary series and several other projects that have yet to be confirmed by the company.
When the Xbox One was revealed in May, Microsoft received significant criticism for touting the non-gaming entertainment capabilities of the console. No original shows have yet launched for the console, and it's still not clear exactly how many original non-gaming entertainment offerings Microsoft is working on for the console.
Source: Deadline | Image via Island Def Jam