It’s been a real long ride for these two filmmakers. Their 3rd film together, and the 2nd in this franchise also marks a significant time in their career. Will Packer has quickly become one of the most highly sought out producers in the industry after producing 7 films that opened #1 in the box office including the recently critically acclaimed and box office hit Straight Outta Compton, and Tim Story who has seen a career full of diverse projects that has accumulated more than 1 billion dollars in box office receipts. They exemplify success and determination, so I talked to them about that journey and what got them thru the tough days.
Journalist Jamaal Finkley
WILL PACKER (Produced by) has established himself as one of Hollywood’s blockbuster hit makers, with seven of his films opening No. 1 at the box office. In 2013, Packer signed first-look production deals with Universal Pictures and Universal Television. Under both deals, Packer develops new projects for the studios under his Will Packer Productions banner. He is one of the only African-American producers to have seven films debut at No. 1 during opening weekend. His next film, A Meyers Christmas, hits theaters November 11, 2016.
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Packer served as an executive producer on the smash hit Straight Outta Compton, a biopic of the rap group N.W.A that opened No. 1 at the box office, became the biggest August debut for an “R”-rated movie and grossed over $200 million at the worldwide box office making it the highest-grossing music biopic—ever.
TIM STORY’s (Directed by) films have grossed over a billion dollars at the box office and he consistently smashes stereotypes of what young, black directors can accomplish. A graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts, Story began directing music videos in the 1990s, bringing his cinematic style to R&B, rap and pop music.
Story soon made the jump to longer-form work, writing, producing, editing and directing. His indie film, One of Us Tripped, was the 1996 winner of the Black Filmmaker’s Hall of Fame Feature Film Festival. His success brought him into the mainstream, directing the cult classic Barbershop in 2002 and 2004’s Taxi, which starred Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon, Gisele Bündchen and Jennifer Esposito.
Story went to work on the epic adventure Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox. The movie, which starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis, premiered in 2005 and was based on the celebrated Marvel comic. The film went on to earn more than $330 million worldwide. Story also helmed the 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which brought in more than $289 million.