29 year old Ryan Coogler just had an amazing 2015 and is gearing up for even better 2016.
Coogler first rose to fame with his highly touted first feature film, Fruitvale Station, which starred Hollywood It Boy, Michael B. Jordan and told the story of the last 24 hours of Oscar Grant, who was murdered in 2009 by BART police in Oakland, California.
The talented director has followed up with Creed, which he wrote and directed. The film, the latest in the Rocky series, tells the story of the aging and ailing boxer Rocky, and how he found the strength to fight his disease through coaching his former opponent and friend, Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis.
Not only did Coogler direct this film, partnering up with Jordan again, but he also wrote the plot for it, drawing from his own real life experiences with his own sick father and the strong relationship he has with him.
Coogler is quickly making a name for himself as one of the top players in the industry. A former collegiate football player, Coogler first got into film writing after a college professor noticed his knack for portraying great visuals through his words…and the rest his history.
He’s set to kick off 2016 by directing Marvel’s first film featuring a black lead, The Black Panther. Not too happy about the title…not like Iron Man was called White Iron Man, but that’s a whole ‘nother story…
Can’t wait to see what else Ryan has in store for us for 2016!