U.S. net Sundance Channel has greenlit Dream School, a non-fiction series based on Jamie Oliver’s UK format, which Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson (pictured) will star in and exec produce.
Jackson will coproduce the six-part series via his G-Unit Films and Television banner, alongside Oliver’s indie Fresh One Productions. The show is slated to premiere this fall, with Jackson and Oliver exec producing alongside Roy Ackerman, Andrew Jameson and Jonathan Grosskopf.
Dream School asks what would happen if the children who were the hardest to reach in conventional schools, “instead attended a place of learning where the educators were achievers and leaders – many of whom have become household names.” The faculty of said school will include musicians, politicians, filmmakers, scientists, actors and artists.
In a statement, Oliver said: “The series of Dream School we did in the UK was one of the things I’m most proud of. We literally changed the lives of many of the kids for the better: some of them went back to school and are now excelling; some of them found out that, despite being told in school that they would never achieve anything, they were actually very gifted at art or acting and went on to achieve great things.
“But Dream School is tough – both for the kids and for the teachers. It’s not going to be an easy ride because there are always big characters to deal with and often tensions run high.”
Sundance Channel president Sarah Barnett added: “Dream School will be at times devastating, at times deeply uplifting, and entirely full of the genuine conflict and struggle that goes along with true transformation.
“Viewers will see that play out, not just from the teenagers in the show but also from the celebrities and educators who have signed on for this tough yet potentially life-changing project.”
And Jackson added: “The importance of Dream School is monumental. Helping to inspire these students to reach their potential is personally gratifying.”