Illumination Plans True Harlem Teen Gospel Choir Tale

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Illumination Entertainment is planning its first fully live-action feature, says Deadline. The production company, housed at Universal, has secured the rights to the true story of gospel singer Vy Higginsen and her Harlem-based choir program “Gospel for Teens”.

Stephen Belber (Tape, Management) will provide the screenplay, based on a recent “60 Minutes” segment.

Illumination Entertainment was founded in 2007 and, until now, is best known for its animated fare with Despicable Me and, earlier this year, Hop. Illumination founder Chris Meledandri will produce the as-of-yet-untitled choir film alongside Todd Black of Escape Artists and Higginsen herself.

Jason Blumenthal, Michael Radutzky and Steve Tisch are all attached as executive producers.

More information about the Gospel for Teens organization is available at the official website.

(Photo Credit: Jasmine Williams)