Larenz Tate’s ‘Power Book V: Influence’ Spin Off Is No Longer Happening

Larenz Tate’s ‘Power Book V: Influence’ Spin Off Is No Longer Happening


It looks like Larenz Tate’s Power spinoff is no longer happening.

The Power Universe has been winning fans over since the original series debuted in 2014. Since then, there has been a number of successful spin offs like  Power Book II: Ghost which centers on Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) in the aftermath of his father’s death; Power Book III: Raising Kanan which acts as an origin story for Power. The series is set in the ’90s and follows the teen years of Kanan Stark (Mekai Curtis), the character Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson made infamous in the original Power.

The lastest spin off, Power Book IV: Force chronicles Ghost’s best friend Tommy’s (Joseph Sikora), life in Chicago after Ghost’s death. The next spin off in line was supposed to be, Power Book V: Influence which was going to center on Rashad Tate (Larenz Tate) and his second race for the governor of New York. Rashad was a major component of Power and Power Book II: Ghost Season 2, which fans had expected that the show would serve as a segue to his own series.

Larenz Tate

Unfortunately, Starz just confirmed that ‘Influence’ is no longer moving forward.
Since the other Power spin offs had been greenlit and already debuted, fans are quite shocked and confused by the decision to cancel the anticipated series. Starz Programming Chief Kathryn Busby spoke with Variety Magazine about the Power Universe and the forthcoming Outlander prequel, Outlander: Blood of My Blood.
During the interview, Busby confirmed that Influence– which is set in the political world–would not be moving forward. It appears fans can continue to follow Rashad Tate’s story with Power Book II: Ghost.

In a previous interview with TheJasmineBrand, the “Love Jones” actor had remained coy about the status of his spin off series. When asked about the future of Councilman Tate, he said,

“What I can tell you is that Councilman Tate ain’t dead… Just know that. Councilman Tate is not dead. He’s very much so alive. Who knows where you’re gonna see him pop up if he pops up somewhere. The moment that I know what’s gonna happen, y’all will know what’s gonna happen.”

In his interview with us, Larenz Tate pointed out that his character on Power initially only had a few scenes in each episode, but he brought something special to the character.

“I wanted to make sure each scene that I was in, I was able to deliver. I was able to give them this Councilman Rashad Tate, that they didn’t know what was behind all of it… I wanted to bring a lot of it out.”

He went on to salute Power co-creators Courtney Kemp and 50 Cent, who also produced the series.

Courtney Kemp, 50 Cent

“I love her so much. She’s incredible… Such a wonderful talent. But her heart, and the way she elevates everything and people around her, along with 50. I gotta say that 50 Cent man, is really, really a smart brother. I’ve known him for the time that I’ve worked with ‘Power’ and before I got on ‘Power.’ Over the years really getting a chance to know him. On a business level man, this brother, I sit and chop it up with the bro and I’m like ‘Wow, this dude’s got it figured out.’ I’m not able to tell all of his strategies and whatever it is, but I gotta say, I tip my hat off to 5. He’s a smart businessman, he really is.”


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Authored by: Monique Nicole