Ice-T Preparing ‘Death For Hire’ Anime Series – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: A row of rap talent assassins including Ice-T and NWA’s Arabian Prince are behind a new animated series that features an original score by Dr Dre.
Death For Hire: The Origin of Tehk City is a project that includes both a graphic novel and an animated series.
The project will launch as a Z2 Comics graphic novel, created by Ice-T, NWA founding member Arabian Prince, and artist Tommy The Animator before the IP was rolled out as a animated series, music, toys and NFT.
The graphic novel features a brutal set of pushers and assassins in a world where the line between anti-hero and arch-villain is rapidly blurring.
The animated series, which is in production with conversations with streamers and networks, will feature the voice talent of Ice-T, his wife Coco, Snoop Dogg, Tracy Morgan, Busta Rhymes, Mike Epps, Treach, Arabian Prince, Peter Scanavino, Roxanne Shanté, Ben Baller, Styles P, Tone Trump, Emilio Rivera, Tommy The Animator and Shannon Eric Denton.
Twisted mayor Chuck Davis (Ice-T), his killer assassin Rhonda Knuckles (Coco), and his right-hand man Maniac Max (Treach) must navigate the wild law of the streets. With his hands busy in everything from money laundering to hired hits, Davis tries to stay ahead of the competition in the Round Table Gang – Benny Tang (Ben Baller), Azul Michoacan (Emilio Rivera) and Vinny” Pipes” Roselli – who have controlled Tehk City’s black market undercurrent for years.
But information comes at a price, especially when bought by Pretty Black (Snoop Dogg), whose black market network feeds him intelligence from the far reaches of Tehk City. Davis and his team will soon learn that taking the power of the best dog can take you to heaven or take you to the grave.
Dr. Dre, a former NWA member, the man behind Beats and records such as The Chronic, will provide an original score with each rap artist writing and performing their own custom theme.
Death for Hire: The Origin of Tehk City is edited by Z2’s Rantz Hoseley, with Z2 Comics’ Josh Bernstein and Monster Forge Productions’ Shannon Eric Denton serving as executive producers.
The screenplay is written by Gary Phillips, executive editor at FX’s Snowfallwith illustrations by Montos (Blondie: against all odds).
“Want some real punch-in-the-face action? So Death for rent is it,” said co-creator and writer Ice-T.
“Everyone better get ready for the ride of their life – Death for Hire: The Origin of Tehk City fresh off the presses of Z2 Comics,” added co-creator and co-writer Arabian Prince. “With homie Ice-T and a roster of never-before-seen stars all in one place, get ready to explore the origin leading to the Tehk City animated series – you’re not ready.”
“Ice-T, Arabian and Tommy have assembled an all-star cast of hip-hop heavyweights and Hollywood superstars to populate Tehk City from the ground up,” said Z2 partner Josh Bernstein. “Z2 is truly honored to work with rap royalty as we build this vast IP universe together.”