With zero filmmaking credits to his name, 29-year-old Ryan Coogler managed to get a meeting with Sylvester Stallone to talk about his idea for a new Rocky movie. His initial pitch went nowhere, but then Coogler made a movie called Fruitvale Station and everything changed. Coogler tells us about his personal journey as a filmmaker, his emotional connection to the Rocky franchise, and how he eventually got Sly on board for Creed, which tells the story of Adonis Creed, the son of Apollo Creed.
Photo: (L-R) Writer/director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan on the set of Creed. © 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.