INTERVIEW: George Tillman Jr. Announces 'Miles Davis' Biopic, Reacts To 'Slave,' And Praises 'Mister And Pete'
We sat down with The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete director as he talked about the changing climate in Hollywood, his first-time reactions to ABC's new miniseries, and gave us an exclusive gem that you read here first. The incredibly busy George Tillman Jr. has been championing his latest picture, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, which will be distributed by Lionsgate's Codeblack Entertainment. The film finds newcomers Skylan Brooks (Mister) and Ethan Dizon (Pete) left to fend for themselves after their mothers are taken away by their addictions. The picture is refreshing and an oddly uplifting film that's a new age coming-of-age story for your arse. Our review rewarded Tillman for his deft helming of the project, buoyed by Michael Starrbury's survival-of-the-fittest script, and the clever casting of Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Hudson, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Jordin Sparks. While George Tillman Jr. may be best known behind such acclaimed fodder as Soul Food and Men of Honor, he is unlikely to be limited to just one type of genre. He is undoubtedly a part of a growing trend that is impacting Hollywood. Alongside such names as Dee Rees, Steve McQueen, and Antoine Fuqua, Tillman represents an infusion of energy that will be seen on-screen by a hungry audience. Despite his impending success with Inevitable, Tillman's work ethic shone through as he sat down with VIBE to talk about how hard it was to get the film developed, calls A Slave in the White House "shocking," and tell us he's about "4-5 weeks" from finishing his Miles Davis biopic script. You can listen to the full chat below:
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is executive produced by Alicia Keys and will be released on October 11th.