Universal and Illumination team for Harlem teen gospel choir film

Universal Pictures and Illuminaton Entertainment have joined forces to tell a Harlem Teen Gospel tale. Deadline reports that the studios have purchased the rights to a package based on the 60 Minutes segment Gospel for Teens. This will be the first live-action family film for Illumination Entertainment, and is being produced by Chris Meledandri and Escape Artists' Todd Black. Stephen Belber (TapeManagement) is writing the script based on the 60 Minutes segment.

Here is a description from Deadline:

60 Minutes' Lesley Stahl spent a year trailing Vy Higginsen, an accomplished gospel singer who started a program for teens in Harlem with the intention of preserving the art form by introducing it to a young generation. Her rule: her charges were expected to leave their problems at the door and focus on the music. She discovered that her most gifted kids were unable to separate themselves from their problems at home. Many of them were scarred by indifferent or absent parents, and tragedies that scarred them and made them feel worthless. Once Higginson helped her students reveal and deal with their problems, they soared.

More information about the Gospel for Teens organization is available at the official website. Check out the videos below from the segment:

This sounds like an interesting and emotional story that will be very heartwarming. What are your thougths?

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