EXCLUSIVE: Showtime and BET Studios Announce Development of Jose’s book, a pilot about hip-hop star Joseph “Fat Joe” Cartagena. Cartagena (Happy Feet, Empire) will executive produce with pilot scriptwriter Jorge A. Reyes (Queen of the South† Kevin Hill), and Kenya Barris (Blackish, We The People†
Jose’s book is a rags to riches story that follows Fat Joe’s evolution from growing up on the drug and violence-ridden streets of the Bronx to a Grammy-nominated, producer and actor with a career spanning nearly three decades. The project follows every stage of Joe’s life and the threats that have come in the form of rivals, addiction, incarceration and death. All this showed the artist that resilience and the love of his family are the only roads to success.
Jose’s book comes from Barris’ Khalabo Ink Society in association with Cinema Giants, Buffalo Kid Films and Artists First. It will be produced through Khalabo Ink Society’s overall deal with BET Studios, where Barris is also a key partner.
E. Brian Dobbins and pilot director Jessy Terrero are also executive producers alongside Cartagena, Barris and Reyes. Luis F. Velasco and Ulysses Terrero will produce and Ashley Acevedo will be AP.
Cartagena is represented by APA, Universal Attractions and Digital Launch. Barris is represented by CAA and Artists First. Reyes is represented by CAA, Zero Gravity Management and Jackoway, Austen, et al.