Head of Starz Programming on Ghost Resurrection; Universe Expansion Abroad – Deadline

With four successes Power shows under its belt, Starz could expand the universe even further overseas.

Sources told Deadline there are plans for a London-based company Power spin-off, a project that Kathryn Busby, president of original programming at Starz, neither confirmed nor denied during a recent interview.

“I’m not free to respond to anything in this vein except to say what we like about Power is the potential for successful spin-offs and spin-offs that we’ve done,” she said. “Which, in theory, we would like to do again. I like that you hear it.

And as the universe continues to expand, fans refuse to let go of the character at the center of the story, James “Ghost” St. Patrick, played by Omari Hardwick in Power. The finality of his death in the show’s final season at the hands of his son Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr) is one that viewers continue to question.

“I don’t think you’re alone in this hope,” Busby said when asked if Ghost could possibly be resurrected. “But… Ghost is dead,” she added with absolute finality.

But his story continues in Power Book II: Ghost which focuses on Tariq following the events of Power as he begins to establish himself as an underworld boss much like his father. Ghost’s murder overshadowed most of the spinoff’s Season 1 as Tariq’s mother, Tasha (Naturi Naughton), desperately tried to get out of jail after being charged with her husband’s murder. She succeeds by attributing the crime to Ghost’s former friend and associate, Tommy Egan, before having to go into witness protection with her young daughter.

Tommy makes a surprise appearance at the end of season 1 and he is ready to kill Tasha and Tariq but he flees the scene and heads to Chicago where his journey begins in Book of Power IV: Strength. In true Tommy style, it shows up in a new town ready to blow things up. He finds out who’s who in town and he’s not afraid to challenge the established hierarchy even if it means facing death at every turn. Yeah, typically Tommy.

Power Book III: Raising Kanan is on a different timeline, following the debut of Kanan Stark (franchise co-creator Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson in Power), one of Ghost’s most dangerous enemies who also died in the original series. Raising Kanan returns with its second season on August 14.

And while it seems that aside from possibly appearing as part of a Hardwick flashback, should he be inclined via Phantom Where Strengthperhaps fans should rather hope for a Raising Kanan-like spin-offs following the character during his formative years.

Unless, of course, Starz is interested in exploring a Power zombie-themed entry to add to his list.

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