Eminem to write original songs for new US crime drama ‘Motor City’

Detroit-set TV series is being based on 2002 Ray Liotta/Jason Patric crime drama 'Narc'

Eminem is set to contribute to Motor City, a new US TV series based on 2002 crime film Narc.

Narc‘s writer-director Joe Carnahan has written the script for the TV show’s pilot, and will also serve as its director and executive producer. Like the film, the TV series is being conceived as a crime thriller set in Eminem’s hometown of Detroit.

Eminem is in talks to join the series as an executive producer and music supervisor – a role similar to that performed by Timbaland on hit hip-hop drama Empire. As part of the role, the rapper would be expected to contribute original songs to the show, Deadline reports.

Once Motor City‘s pilot has been shot, it will be offered out to various US networks. Casting has yet to be announced. The film starred Ray Liotta and Jason Patric as Detroit police detectives, with Busta Rhymes and John Ortiz in supporting roles.

Meanwhile, Eminem has recently contributed an original song, ‘Phenomenal’, to the soundtrack of forthcoming boxing film Southpaw. Originally Eminem was attached to star in the film when it was first announced in December 2010 but later postponed the project and eventually dropped out entirely. He was replaced by Jake Gyllenhaal, who stars in the film, out in the UK on July 24, alongside Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams.