Eminem

Among the approximately eight thousand film-to-TV adaptations in development, Narc is distinguishing itself with some serious behind-the-camera talent. Joe Carnahan was already on board to direct the small-screen version of his 2002 crime thriller, and now Eminem has come aboard as the show’s music supervisor. And yes, the job involves writing original music.

More details on the possible Eminem Narc hire after the jump. 

Deadline reports Eminem is in negotiations to serve as executive producer and music supervisor on the Detroit-set show. As part of his duties, he’ll write original songs for the show. The trade points out that the practice of hiring big-name musicians has worked out really well for other shows, like Empire with Timbaland and Nashville with T Bone Burnett.

Carnahan’s original film starred Ray Liotta and Jason Patric as two Detroit cops who delve into the city’s seamy underbelly while investigating the murder of an undercover police officer. As in the movie, the Motor City will be almost like another character on the show. It makes sense to have a prominent native Detroiter like Eminem on board to help capture the area’s unique flavor.

Narc will be Eminem’s first time executive producing a TV show, but he’s no Hollywood newbie. In fact, he’s an Oscar winner for the original song “Lose Yourself” from his 2002 movie 8 Mile. More recently he contributed the song “Phenomenal” to Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw soundtrack. Eminem was actually attached to star in Southpaw at one point but was eventually replaced by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Paramount TV has been developing the Narc TV series since last year, and will begin looking for a network home in the not-too-distant future. Carnahan wrote and will direct the pilot. If he has his way, he could potentially direct the whole season a la Cary Fukunaga and True Detective.

Listen to Eminem’s “Phenomenal” below:

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