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Director George Tillman Jr. Helming Story On The Worst Boxer Of All Time And Jennifer Hudson Project

by Cynthia Reid
July 19, 2011 6:39 AM
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This story is a little different. According to Variety, director George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food, Men Of Honor, Notorious) is preparing to direct an untitled project about Peter Buckley, aka "the worst boxer of all time."

The story will focus on the English fighter's inability to quit despite his record of losing 256 of his 300 career fights hence being titled "the worse boxer of all time."

Buckley, who retired in 2008, was able to garner a victory for his last fight. Alex Davidson is currently writing the script while Robert Teitel is producing through his and Tillman's State Street Pictures banner.

Tillman also is currently casting The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, a film with Jennifer Hudson attached to star. A description of the story states..."Left alone after his drug-addicted mother is arrested, a penniless 14-year-old teams with a 9-year-old runaway to survive a tumultuous summer in Brooklyn." The script was written by Michael Starrbury and the project is gearing up to start filming this fall in Gotham.

In addition, he's also set to direct the DreamWorks' romantic comedy I Saw You.

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9 Comments

  • Introspective Man | April 12, 2012 6:33 PMReply

    I think George Tillman is seriously one of the most underrated filmmakers in Hollywood. Most of his films seem to have a strong viewpoint about the world as seen through the eyes of a child. Don't know if this is a conscious thing or not. I'm also anxious to see Jennifer Hudson deliver again on the promise she showed in "Dreamgirls". I am really looking forward to this film.

    This item was recently posted about casting for "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete":


    FILM LOOKING TO CAST TWO NYC YOUNGSTERS IN LEAD ROLES

    It's a shot at stardom for two young New Yorkers – and you don't need acting experience.
    A film called "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete" wants to cast two young New Yorkers in lead roles.

    The movie, directed by George Tillman, is about two kids left to fend for themselves in the city.

    It stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson.

    For the character of Mister, the production is looking for a 12- to 14-year-old African American boy. For the character of Pete, it's seeking a 7- to 9-year-old Asian boy.

    "It's going to be shooting over the summer and it's also going to be shooting in New York, which makes it even better," says Kate Geller of Chrystie St. Casting. "We'd love to use a real New York kid."

    Those interested in auditioning can e-mail their information to misterandpete@gmail.com.

  • Newman | April 12, 2012 7:30 PM

    George . . . is that you?

  • First Sergeant CandiO. Belle USAR | February 12, 2012 1:06 AMReply

    I have a project for Mr.George Tillman about my book,"Sergeant",The Autobiography of SSG CandiO.BelleUSArmy" that he would find intriguing and sensational. Either he can email me or contact him if someone can put me in contact with him...Sgt.Belle Atlanta,Georgia.

  • Neziah | July 19, 2011 11:05 AMReply

    It was a decent throwback to 70's revenge films up until the ending, which is one of the worst endings I've seen since the one from "Law Abiding Citizen". lol

  • CareyCarey | July 19, 2011 10:06 AMReply

    No Neziah, I have not. When I saw Dwayne Johnson was a lead character and the title was "Faster" I couldn't do it. I mean, he is not one of my favorite actors, nor is it my kind of movie. I couldn't even bring myself to pay $2.50 with my bootleg man. Don't get me wrong, I might one day watch it. It's not on my never to be watched list like Broke Back Mountain. You know, some folks said that was real "good", but I can't find a reason to watch it. Somebody will have to tell me what I am missing.

    But I am smiling because I feel like this is a setup questions. Okay, tell me how "good" it... was not :-)

  • Neziah | July 19, 2011 9:07 AMReply

    Well said, CareyCarey. By the way, have you seen his newest film "Faster" yet?

  • CareyCarey | July 19, 2011 8:11 AMReply

    blckflimakr said: "George Tillman is one of the best African-American directors we have. I’m so happy to see him working regularly again. Can’t wait to see what he puts up next!"

    But wait, I here another voice.

    Neziah said: "George isn’t a very good director, so we’ll see how it goes.

    Now, which way should I go? Things that make you go Hmmmm.

    Well, I wouldn't say "he's not very good". I mean, how could I support that opinion? I mean, somebody must think he's pretty good because he has worked with some pretty big actors, white and black. So I am leaning toward "he's good" but not "one of the best African-American directors we have".

    Now I can support that opinion by saying both Men Of Honor and Soul Fool, although popular, were sappy feel good type movies and Notorious was a total disaster imo. But here’s the deal, Men Of Honor made money and Soul Food made ugly money. Lets see, how do you spell a 600 percent profit!? I’d say that man, that director called George Tillman Jr is a pretty good director. Come on now, if I gave someone (easy math) 1 million dollars and they brought me back 7 million, I’d say “ good boy, good boy”. Now, of course Soul Food cost much more then 1 million, so how you like George Tillman now?

    Well, hold that thought because I am going to say "I Saw You" and "the worst boxer of all time" are two movies I'm gonna keep my eye on. And what, I can't wait to see "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete". I'm thinking something on the order of Manchild In The Promise Land. I'm feeling Jennifer Hudson on this one.

  • blckflimakr | July 19, 2011 7:13 AMReply

    George Tillman is one of the best African-American directors we have. I'm so happy to see him working regularly again. Can't wait to see what he puts up next!

  • Neziah | July 19, 2011 7:12 AMReply

    This is interesting, but George isn't a very good director, so we'll see how it goes.

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