The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete is a narrative feature film about 14-year-old Mister and 9-year-old Pete, a pair of boys struggling to survive alone in the Brooklyn projects over the course of a sweltering summer. The film was written by first time feature screenwriter Michael Starrbury, and is directed by George Tillman Jr. (Faster, Notorious, Soul Food). The film stars newcomers Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon in the title roles and the multi-talented supporting cast includes Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Anthony Mackie and Jeffrey Wright. Alicia Keys, 14-time Grammy Award winning Artist, will compose the film’s score.
About the Director: In 1994, George wrote and directed his first feature film, Scenes for the Soul. It was shot entirely in Chicago, using local talent and resources. The film, which cost $150k to make, caught the attention of Doug McHenry and George Jackson who acquired it for Savoy Pictures for $1M. Following on the momentum of this success, George began to write a script, loosely based on his own life – Soul Food. Soul Food opened to critical and financial success. As a result, George and his producing partner, Bob Teitel, landed a two-year, first look deal at Fox 2000. George's next directorial effort was Men of Honor. The film starred Oscar winning actors Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Robert De Niro with an ensemble cast that included Charlize Theron, Michael Rapaport, Lonette McKee, Glynn Turman, and Hal Holbrook.
After the success of Men of Honor, George ventured into producing. George co- produced with partner, Bob Teitel, the MGM film Barbershop. Widely praised by moviegoers and critics alike, Barbershop opened to record- breaking box office success. With a domestic gross of $75M, Barbershop has become the most profitable African-American themed film of all time, spawning the sequel Barbershop 2: Back in Business, which was number one in an opening weekend, and the threequel Beauty Shop starring Queen Latifah. George went on to produce the Fox Searchlight/Fox 2000 film Roll Bounce and Nothing Like the Holidays for Overture Films.
George returned to his directing career with Notorious – the life and death story of the Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), which was released by Fox Searchlight and grossed over $43M worldwide. Most recently, George directed Faster, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, Maggie Grace, and Tom Berenger.
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