I was given a gift today. As I did my rounds for news this morning, I ran across a little story in Variety about the deal for 50 Cent’s next film- a movie called Freelancers that will be directed by Jessy Terrero. The film is standard low-budget thriller type, with a story about an NYPD cop who gets involved with his slain father’s old unit of vice detectives, who are apparently rogue/corrupt. It’s another Training Day riff, and the kind that 50 Cent would be expected to be involved with. There were a few interesting bits about the production –it will be shooting in the increasingly-popular-for-production Michigan, and is the 2nd picture in a 10-movie deal 50 Cent has with a hedge fun and Lionsgate– but it wasn’t until I looked up the director that I found something better than all of this…

Jessy Terrero is best known for directing Soul Plane, but turns out he directed another little  number with 50 Cent, a film simply called…

Gun.

And here’s the poster.


Now, our own Ryan Mason took the proverbial bullet and reviewed the DVD just this last weekend. As I would have suspected from the trailer, the film is apparently a standard DTV crime film, with nothing particularly exciting or embarrassing to it. Val Kilmer seems to be entertaining even when slumming, and 50 Cent has enough natural charisma that the film raises above pure vanity project. None of this dampens the effect of this fucking poster though.It’s just the kind of beauty I would expect from a man who turned a gun being cocked into a hip-hop hook and rapped over it.

I can’t say how happy I am that this poster is finally on my radar (the Blu-ray cover is much more standard and boring). There’s so much fun to be had with this one-sheet, and its subtlety-obliterating straightforwardness. Even the tagline is beautifully retarded… “One Gun, Many Lives Lost.” This is despite the film’s gun-running premise that promises an extremely high volume of guns!

You know, perhaps some chewers will rise to the challenge and mine some gold from this wonderful piece of art. Perhaps there would even be some small, delightful prizes for anything particularly great shared on the boards or in the comments to that effect…

In any event, if you’re looking to take some legit news from this, just know that 50 Cent isn’t going anywhere and that you can expect him to accumulate a very deep catalog of macho-posturing crime flicks before all is said and done. Gun doesn’t even count towards the aforementioned 10-picture deal, and we haven’t even got a tease of the glory of the first film borne of the contract. Titled Setup, it is about a diamond-heist gone wrong and stars Cent, Bruce Willis (!), and Ryan Phillipe, and is in post-production right now. I can’t wait…