George Tillman Jr.

George Tillman Jr.

*Universal Pictures today closed a mid-to-high six-figure deal for an untitled pitch to be produced by George Tillman Jr., reports Deadline.com.

The pitch is the story of a failed songwriter who returns home to Chicago to lead a group of at risk youth in their annual talent show. The tone is described as “Pitch Perfect” meets “8 Mile.”

Tillman’s State Street will produce a script written by Duane Adler, who hatched the “Step Up” franchise and “Save The Last Dance.”