Disney’s live-action team is assembling a new movie for Disney+ that would center on the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and its founder, artistic director and longtime conductor Charles Dickerson III.
Disney picked up the pitch from writer/producer Bobby Smith Jr. (Their Eyes Were Watching God), who will write and executive produce. Brigham Taylor, who has produced some of Disney’s recent biggest hits including, The Jungle Book, Tron: Legacy, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and Disney+ films, Lady and the Tramp, and The One and Only Ivan, will produce via his Taylor Made Film Productions banner.
Founded in 2009, ICYOLA is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that transforms the lives and minds of young people in Inner City Los Angeles through high quality music education. It teaches inner city youth the great music of the world, and provides opportunities for them to perform that music in the most magnificent settings of our community. It prepares its members for advanced study and high caliber success in music and otherwise, and instills the ancillary benefits that music instruction provides: problem solving skills, critical thinking, self-reliance, self-confidence, self-discipline, and the crystallization and pursuit of meaningful purpose.
ICYOLA is a proud member of the League of American Orchestras and is a national leader in efforts to assure diversity in the arts. ICYOLA is also the official orchestra of California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Attorney Mark S. Temple negotiated the Disney+ deal on behalf of Bobby Smith Jr. who also runs production company Ashore Entertainment.