Making Magic: 4 Of Our Favorite Black Directors In 2019
Big budgets. Big movies. Big impact. When a story needs to come alive only a few can translate a concept and a script to the big screen. From deep dramas that thrill to surreal graphics that inspire, the following 4 directors are out there making history from the directors’ chair. Born with the skills to bring their imagination to life, let’s celebrate 4 directors who are shaking up Hollywood and making magic in the process!
Ryan Coogler The fanfare was real. The memes tied to the film are historic. The world went wild when the Marvel Comics-inspired movie Black Panther was released in 2018. Starring heavy hitters, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker, Black Panther took the Black community to a place they never been before – Wakanda. The blockbuster boasted graphics so advanced and action so riveting that a year later Marvel junkies are still screaming Wakanda Forever. So, who is the man behind one of the largest grossing films of all time? Who is the man that broke box office numbers? The $700 million-dollar creator behind such an epic film is known as Ryan Coogler. With seven Academy Award nominations up for grabs, including Best Picture, Coogler showed the world that he could take a vision and create a masterpiece. Hailing from Oakland, California, Coogler also directed the dramatic film Fruitvale Station, which is based on the death of Oscar Grant, a young man killed at Fruitvale district station by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), which is in Oakland.
Jordan Peele The satirical horror film Get Out was pretty much perfection. It scored 99% on Rotten Tomatoes film review platform. A rarity. If this is the power that comes with a directors’ debut, get us on board with Peele’s upcoming releases – think Us, starring Academy Award winner, Lupita Nyong’o. Peele as a comedian is top-rated. He co-created the highly-viewed Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele, co-starring his former college roommate Keegan-Michael Key. Peele as a director is phenomenal. With Get Out grossing over $255 million worldwide on a 4.5 million-dollar production budget and receiving critical acclaim for the script and direction, Peele is proving why he is the new Hollywood.
Antoine Fuqua American film director Antoine Fuqua is worth an honorable mention. His directorial work on action and thriller films Training Day, starring A-lister, Denzel Washington, The Replacement Killers, and The Equalizer are just a fraction of his portfolio. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Fuqua has directed music videos for a host of artists which include but are not limited to; Prince, Stevie Wonder, Toni Braxton, and Usher. A veteran in the film history, the man who also worked on The Magnificent Seven is currently prepping to release new action projects that are sure to dominate box office sales.
We know the A-list actor for his roles in Thor, The Avengers Infinity War, and No Good Deed. We also know him for voiceovers – Shere Khan in The Jungle Book and Chief Bogo in Zootopia. Did you know that the London-born DJ recently made his directorial debut with the crime drama Yardie? The film centers around the drug trade and gangsters within Kingston, Jamaica. Although the movie which is based on a novel by Victor Headley received mixed reviews, fans are still looking for more Black Magic from the newly recognized director.