EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures today closed a mid-to-high six-figure deal for an untitled pitch that State Street will produce. It will be written by Duane Adler, who hatched the Step Up franchise and Save The Last Dance, with George Tillman Jr. attached to direct and his partner Bob Teitel to produce. The pitch is the story of a failed song writer who returns home to Chicago to lead a group of at risk youth in their annual talent show. The tone is Pitch Perfect meets 8 Mile. Adler is repped by Paradigm and Blaine & Assocates, and Tillman and State Street are repped by CAA.
Director George Tillman Jr has been enlisted to to help develop and direct the biopic Miles Davis, about the revolutionary and iconic jazz musician. Producers Nick Davis Raynes and Ged Dickersin have partnered with Gregory Davis, the jazz master’s eldest son, to bring the gifted trumpeter’s career-spanning story to the screen. Miles Davis over the course of his long career continuously reinvented himself and evolved as a musician and a composer, conquering personal demons and heroin and cocaine addition the way. Fellow musicians John Coltrane, Billie Holiday and Jimi Hendrix are also vital to the story. Numerous supporting figures include Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Cicely Tyson, Gil Evans, Michael Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie, Sugar-Ray Robinson, Betty Mabry, Francis Taylor and others. Project is loosely based on Gregory’s book Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis, and filmmakers have access to Miles Davis’ music, particularly from 1963-77.
CBS Films has issued a new trailer for Faster, the George Tillman-directed revenge film that puts Dwayne Johnson right back into the action hero game that he seemed to vacate when he made all those kiddie-oriented hits.
After a stretch of slumming in kid fare, Dwayne Johnson is squarely back in action mode in Faster, the George Tillman Jr.-directed action film about an ex-con out for revenge. This CBS Films release looks different than a lot of recent action offerings I’ve seen lately, including The Green Hornet, …