But it wasn’t enough! ‘Power’ is a fan favorite and Omari Hardwick who played James “Ghost” St. Patrick said he tried to come back after leaving in 2020 but Starz would not pay him what he wanted.
“It would have to be the perfect thing,” …. “They asked me before to come back. They asked me in the last year and a half to come back. When I was offered this, when I was in Boston reading this script. I was in Boston saying “and then this”. And then the “then this” went to Starz and then they didn’t come back. They didn’t give me what I wanted on the “then this”. So if they gave me the “then this”…but it would need to be the right “that”.”
According to HNHH there have been three spinoffs/sequels (Ghost, Raising Kanan, and Force) that have been created and enjoyed equal success however Hardwick has not returned.
Even though one of the sequels, Ghost, bares his character’s name, he still hasn’t appeared.
Instead, the show focuses on his character’s son as he tries to navigate his own life, as well as his father’s legacy.
Despite Hardwick helping make Power what it is today, it appears that Starz wasn’t willing to pay out to get him back.
Perhaps this is part of the reason that 50 Cent is looking to move away from the network. However, this is sadly nothing new.
Neve Campbell did not return for 2023’s Scream 6 after being lowballed by studio executives.
Despite the fact there would be no Scream franchise without Campbell, the rights owners weren’t willing to pay her a fair rate.
Since leaving Power, Hardwick has enjoyed a modicum of mainstream success.
He has appeared in Army of the Dead and its unreleased spinoff Lost Vegas. Furthermore, he has appeared in Fantasy Football and Pieces of Her.