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Director Tim Story talks about "Think Like a Man" & his career Part 2

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Published on Apr 3, 2012

THINK LIKE A DIRECTOR

Next up, came the search for the right director. When he was given the script, Tim Story immediately wanted to join the team adapting Harvey's book for the screen. "The agents sent the script to me and they said that there is a really funny and incredible project that's going around town so, I got my hands on it, read it and immediately called Will Packer, who I had known, and told him that I wanted to come in and meet on it," says Story.
Story found the script "hilarious," and was excited about the idea of returning to a large cast saying funny things and hitting at some truths. "I like ensemble pieces," says Story. "There's not many scripts that come across your desk that have all those elements of being well-written and having a great subject. I also thought it had a poignant point of view on relationships, too. It's perfect for today's audiences."
Harvey was thrilled about Story's involvement. "I thought he was a fabulous pick," says Harvey. "He really did something super here. He got on the phone and promised me, 'Man, I'm going to do it right. I'm going to do it justice.' He was always positive."
Packer has plenty of praise for Story's selection as director. "A lot of what you will see, a lot of the magic, will be because Tim is the perfect puppet master-putting all the actors in the right spaces and lanes to allow them to take full advantage of their various skill sets," says Packer.


Tim Story (Director) consistently smashes stereotypes of what young, Black directors can accomplish. A graduate of the University of Southern California's film school, Story began directing music videos in the 1990s, bringing his cinematic style to R&B, rap and pop music.
Soon Story made the jump to longer-form work, writing, producing, editing and directing. His 1997 indie film, One of us Tripped, won best feature in the Black Filmmaker's Hall of Fame film festival.
His success brought him into the mainstream, directing the cult classic Barbershop in 2002 and later Taxi, starring Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon, Gisele Bündchen and Jennifer Esposito.
Story's next move was a coup of superhero proportion. He went from comedies to comics and directed the greatest superhero family of all time, the Fantastic Four in 2005. The film was a bonafide blockbuster, raking in over $330 million worldwide. That was fantastic enough to earn Story a sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which brought in over $289 million.
He went on to executive produce the Fox television series "Standoff," the comedy First Sunday and directed Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker in Hurricane Season, the true story of a high school basketball coach in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Story lives in LA with his wife and three children.

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